BUSINESS OF FASHION: DISGRUNTLED CONSUMERS GET REVENGE ON TARGET DATA BREACH
Do you remember the 2013 Target data breach? If you read any bit of news during the holidays last year you remember the severity, not to mention if you were one of the 70 million people to have had their personal information compromised by this breach, you most certainly remember. If you WERE one of those millions of customers whose data was endangered and placed in the hands of hackers, were you angry enough at the time, or possibly even still, to enact revenge? Well, now you have the chance…legally.
Just last week, a US judge gave the thumbs up for consumers to sue Target Corp over the data breach, if they indeed were affected. US District Judge Paul Magnuson dismissed claims by plaintiffs in certain states, and largely denied Target’s request to throw out the lawsuit. Further commenting on the class action suit, Magnuson rejected Targets argument that consumers lacked cause to sue because they failed to establish injury.
This ruling, which only pertains to customers who used their credit/debit card(s) at Target during the period of breach and had their information stolen, falls on the heels of a similar decision by Magnuson early on in December that allowed for banks to move forward with a lawsuit to recoup money they spent reimbursing fraudulent charges.
This news has the potential to cause a bit of ruckus in the New Year- were you one of the millions of customers affected and if so, what are you going to do about it? Retaliate or forgive?