US District Judge Lucy Koh rejected Yahoo’s argument that hacking victims do not have standing to sue. The ruling opens Yahoo up to a class-action lawsuit.
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Yahoo announced that in 2014 over 500 million accounts had been breached in 2014 exposing the data of customers of its services. US District Judge Koh ruled that Yahoo must face litigation on behalf of more than a billion users whose personal information was compromised in a massive data breach.
Judge Koh ruled that a class-action lawsuit could go forward because all the plaintiffs have an “alleged risk of future identity theft” as well as a “loss of value of their personal identification information”.
She rejected Yahoo’s argument that the hacking victims do not have standing to sue, saying they could pursue breach of contract and unfair competition, because they could have taken action to close their accounts if they had known about the data breaches.[/mp_text]