Breach, Data Security

Judge gives Home Depot till July to respond to class-action lawsuit allegations

Home Depot has until July to respond to lawsuit allegations surrounding the retailer's major data breach this past summer, a judge determined in a Georgia court hearing.

During the initial court hearing on Jan. 16, which consolidated multiple class-action lawsuits into one federal court case, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash sorted cases into consumer and financial institution tracks. The deadlines vary depending on which track a suit falls under.

Consumer track and financial institution track complaints must be filed by April 1 and April 15, respectively.

“While many of the legal issues and much of the discovery are common to the claims of both, the cases present significant, distinct factual and legal issues,” Thrash wrote.

Accordingly, Home Depot has until July 1 to reply to consumer track allegations and until July 15 to respond to financial institution complaints.

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