No, Shareholders Don't Get To Sue Heartland Just Because It Leaked More Data Than Anyone Else
from the that's-not-how-it-works dept
Last year, Heartland Payment Systems, leapt into the lead as being the company with the largest data breach of all time (well, that we know of), when it potentially leaked the personal info on somewhere over 100 million people. As typically happens in these sorts of things, a shareholder lawsuit was quickly filed from bummed out shareholders pissed off that the stock dropped (like off a cliff) following the announcement. But, of course, for there to be liability it takes a lot more than just the stock to drop, so it comes as little surprise that the lawsuit has been tossed, as the court said there was no evidence that Heartland execs knew their data was exposed. Friendly reminder to litigious shareholders: just because the company screws something up, it doesn't mean you get to sue.