[BreachExchange] Supreme Court rejects Amazon-owned Zappos’ appeal in long-running data breach dispute
destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Tue Mar 26 10:10:58 EDT 2019
A lawsuit against Amazon-owned Zappos will continue after the U.S.
Supreme Court shot down an appeal from the online shoe retailer in a
seven-year-old data breach case.
In the wake of a 2012 breach that exposed the contact information
names, addresses, phone numbers and more of 24 million customers,
Zappos faced several lawsuits from customers. Zappos argued
unsuccessfully to the Supreme Court that customers shouldn’t be able
to sue without proof they were harmed in a breach.
The Supreme Court agreed with a San Francisco appeals court that had
previously revived the lawsuit. Both courts sided with the Zappos
customers over the company, letting the lawsuit, which is seeking
class-action status, continue. The appeals court found that the stolen
data left customers vulnerable to identity theft, Bloomberg reported.
We’ve reached out to Amazon and Zappos and will update this story if
we hear back. Amazon acquired the e-commerce company in 2009 for more
than $800 million.
The case has major implications across the business world, where
companies are seeking and storing more data about customers than ever.
Significant data breaches are becoming common occurrence, and the
Zappos case will go a long way toward deciding how much liability
corporations will have if customer data is exposed, regardless of how
it is used.
As Reuters reported, the key decision to be made in the Zappos case is
whether customers can sue companies when their data is stolen, even if
that information is not used for things like identity theft or making
fraudulent charges. Prior to the appeals court ruling, a federal judge
in Nevada had ruled that only victims who claimed financial loss could
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