April 8, 2013

Suit against Hannaford over data breach won't be class action

The lawsuit stems from the theft of Hannaford customers' credit card and debit card data.

By Jessica Hall jhall@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A federal judge has denied a motion that would have made a class action of the case against Hannaford Bros. for a 2007-2008 data breach in which customers' credit card and debit card data were stolen.

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In this December 2011 file photo, the Hannaford store at Mill Creek in South Portland.

John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

A decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine on March 20 found that those filing suit failed to show they could prove total damages on a class-wide basis.

Four plaintiffs had moved for certification of a class to pursue claims for fees to obtain new cards, fees paid to expedite delivery of new cards and fees paid for identity theft insurance and credit monitoring. Hannaford had objected.

A Hannaford spokesperson could not be reached immediately for comment.

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