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Yahoo Breach Deal's Failure Shows Vagueness Doesn't Pay

Law360 (February 11, 2019, 11:41 PM EST) -- U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh's recent refusal to approve a $50 million data breach deal between Yahoo and its users sends a clear message to both sides of the bar that, even in instances where damages may be difficult to quantify, courts are becoming increasingly hesitant to rubber-stamp agreements that are thin on details but rich in attorneys' fees. 

The California federal judge sent Yahoo and a proposed class of consumers suing the company over a trio of data breaches back to the drawing board late last month after she identified "several bases" for rejecting their proposed $50 million settlement. These...

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