Target Cases Moved to Minnesota
A panel of federal judges has ordered many of the lawsuits against Target for its late 2013 card data breach to be consolidated and moved to Minnesota, the judicial district in which the nationwide retailer is headquartered.
“All parties agree that centralization is warranted, but disagree about the most appropriate transferee district,” the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation said in the ruling it made last week.
“On the basis of the papers filed and hearing session held, we find that these actions involve common questions of fact, and that centralization in the District of Minnesota will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of this litigation,” the panel wrote.
Centralizing them, the judges said, “[Will] eliminate duplicative discovery; prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings, including with respect to class certification; and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel, and the judiciary.”
Currently, at least six credit unions and 10 banks have filed suit against the nationwide retailer in an attempt to recover some of what they spent because of the security failure that has been blamed for at least $200 million in financial institution costs and losses.