7th Circ. Revives Data Breach Suit Against PF Chang's

By Emily Field (April 14, 2016, 8:15 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Thursday reversed a lower court's ruling that a proposed class of P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. customers suing the restaurant chain over a data breach can't pursue their claims, following its precedential ruling in the summer that customers have standing to sue for fraud-prevention expenses.

The appellate panel found it's plausible to infer a substantial risk of harm from the June 2014 data breach, since a primary motivation for hackers is to make fraudulent charges on payment cards or to assume customers' identities. Plaintiffs Lucas Kosner and John Lewert have alleged sufficient facts to support standing based...

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