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Judge Dismisses Heartland Complaints

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 19, 2011

A judge has dismissed most of the complaints brought against Heartland Payment Systems for its 2009 data breach, Credit Union Times reports. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal dismissed the suit, brought by credit unions and banks that chose not to participate in a previous settlement agreement, writing in her decision that the plaintiffs were not specifically covered under contracts by Heartland Payment Systems and its acquiring banks. The institutions had alleged breach of contract, negligence and violations of consumer privacy laws in some states, among other charges.
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