Anderson v. Hannaford Brothers Co.: First Circuit Bucks the Privacy Trend and Rules for Plaintiffs

November 02, 2011
The First Circuit recently ruled in favor of a proposed class of plaintiffs seeking damages after their credit and debit card numbers were stolen from a grocery store where they shopped. The decision provides a new framework for plaintiffs to recover their reasonable costs of mitigation, such as credit reports or identity theft insurance, following a data breach by hackers. This update examines the ruling, which highlights the need for companies with access to customers’ financial information to maintain appropriate data security measures.