retail news in context, analysis with attitude reports that “a Maine court has ruled that victims of the 2008 Hannaford data breach cannot sue for damages if they didn't suffer financial losses or other tangible harm, ending the lawsuit against the Scarborough-based company.

“The Maine Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled that consumers whose credit card numbers were stolen during the breach could not claim damages based on the time and effort it took to straighten out their accounts.” The breach in question exposed more than four million credit and debit card numbers to potential fraud, and close to 2,000 fraudulent charges were made because of the problem.
KC's View:
This seems like an entirely appropriate decision. Lesson learned, damage minimized, bad guys caught and jailed. Sounds like justice to me.