Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hannaford case reversal

Some interesting developments for those who have been following the rulings in the Hannaford breach case - the judge had ruled that since cardholders were not affected economically because credit cards were stolen (banks will cover any losses to cardholders), they dont have a civil case against Hannaford.

However, the judge recently reversed himself and asked the Maine supreme court whether "inconvenience" that the cardholders went through should be compensated... Interesting fork and one that could have strong impact to the retailers if the Maine Supreme Court indeed thinks so..

The bottom line is whether retailers should take more care of data entrusted to them - while the judge had a very narrow view of "loss" to the consumer, the defense believes that they have a shot in making cardholder rights heard...

Should be interesting to see the developments..