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Northern California U.S. District Judge Edward Davila has dismissed a class action lawsuit that was filed against LinkedIn in response to last June's security breach.
"In oral arguments, the plaintiffs' counsel asserted that the lawsuit is primarily based on an alleged breach of contract, but for such a claim to stand, the defendants needed to specify damages resulting from this alleged breach of contract,'" writes Computerworld's Lucian Constantin. "The injury claimed by the plaintiffs occurred before the alleged breach of contract, at the time when the parties first entered into the contract, the judge said. Therefore the economic loss they claim cannot be the 'resulting damages' from an alleged breach of contract, he said."