US Court rules that Yahoo will face lawsuits over data breaches


The initial filed lawsuit concerned two major breaches:  the one 2013 that impacted more than a billion users, and the  another in late 2014 that affected at least 500 million accounts. In December 2016, a judicial panel consolidated five putative class action suits that sought to represent account holders who had e-mails, passwords, and other sensitive information breached.

 According to Reuters, a  US court has ruled that lawsuits against Yahoo concerning a pair of massive hacks can move forward.

Yahoo sought to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that victims didn’t have the legal standing to bring the case, an assertion that US District Judge Lucy Koh rejected.

In her decision, she wrote that “All plaintiffs have alleged a risk of future identity theft, in addition to loss of value of their personal identification information.” Koh did dismiss some claims, and is giving the plaintiffs the opportunity to amend their complaint against Yahoo.