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Judge Dismisses Breach Class-Action

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 21, 2012

Alan Pate of Baker & Hostetler reports on a federal judge’s November 14 ruling in the Western District of Washington dismissing a class-action lawsuit against video-game developer Valve Corporation. The suit followed a breach of the video game’s distribution platform, “Steam,” in which hackers gained access to Steam subscribers’ billing addresses, online IDs, passwords and credit card information. The subscribers sued, but Federal Judge James Robart said the plaintiffs failed to adequately plead damages, adding that when “personal information is compromised due to a security breach, there is no cognizable harm absent actual fraud or identity theft.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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