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Sony faces legal setback after judge refuses to throw out lawsuit

The lawsuit against SPE by several former employees won't be thrown out
By: Michael Hatamoto | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 1:36 am

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has had countless headaches involving the launch of "The Interview," including being hacked. Corporate emails and employee information were stolen as part of the breach, and nine former employees are suing the company.




District Judge Gary Klausner said the lawsuit complainants will be able to say SPE was negligent - and said SPE and its employees entered a "special relationship" when Social Security numbers and other personal information are shared.


"We are pleased that the court has properly recognized the harm to Sony's employees resulting from their private information escaping their employer's protection," said Michael Sobol, a lawyer representing those suing Sony.


The lawsuit will not receive class-action status, even though the former employees say they have been forced to sign up for additional credit monitoring services.


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