Linkedin Password Theft Results In Class Action Lawsuit

Author:Mr Kevin McGinty
Profession:Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
 
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Nearly as predictable as the sun coming up in the morning, the recent theft of 6.5 million LinkedIn user passwords has resulted in the filing of a class action lawsuit in a California federal court.  In her complaint, a LinkedIn premium subscriber asserts claims on behalf of all LinkedIn users for breach of implied and express contractual obligations, negligence and violation of California's Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200.

Although the attack affected the passwords of just over 5% of LinkedIn's approximately 120 million users, plaintiff purports to assert claims on behalf of all LinkedIn users.  Although plaintiff alleges classwide damages in excess of $5,000,000 (the jurisdictional threshold for federal court jurisdiction over the state law claims advanced in the complaint) it is unclear what damages plaintiff alleges that the class actually sustained...

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