Pennsylvania High Court Approves Claims for Purely Economic Loss
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Pennsylvania High Court Approves Claims for Purely Economic Loss

Employees pursued a class action against their employer for negligence and breach of implied contract following a data breach, in which their names, birth dates, social security numbers, tax information, addresses, salaries, and bank information were accessed and stolen from the employer’s computer systems. On appeal the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held the employer owed employees a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect them against an unreasonable risk of harm in collecting and storing employees' data on its computer systems. The court further advanced such claims by allowing actions for purely economic loss finding the economic loss doctrine did not bar the employees' negligence claim.

Dittman v UPMC