Customers make a plausible argument that high-ranking executives and managers at Yahoo engaged in "malicious conduct, " the standard for seeking punitive damages on top of ordinary compensation, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said in a ruling in San Jose.
The decision, made by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, rejected an appeal from Verizon, which bought Yahoo last June, to dismiss numerous claims made against Yahoo in the lawsuit, including alleged negligence and breach of contract.
Yahoo's parent company Verizon Communications made an effort to get the claims tossed out by arguing that it had been the target of "relentless criminal attacks", and the plaintiffs' "20/20 hindsight" had not affected its efforts to eliminate "constantly evolving security threats".
Of the sixteen motions to dismiss proposed by Yahoo, Koh granted six and denied 10 which will decrease the size of the plaintiff class considerably.
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The website also made it a point to laud the makeup skills used on Amitabh that made him look totally different. Speaking about fashion and self they have watches of around 3.4 crore and 51lakhs individually.
A Verizon spokesman had no immediate comment on Monday. Later in the year, the company revealed it was hacked again - in 2013 - in a breach that saw one billion accounts targeted.
She also said the plaintiffs could try to show that liability limits in Yahoo's terms of service were "unconscionable", given the allegations that Yahoo knew its security was deficient but did little. The victims are accusing Yahoo of waiting too long to disclose the data breaches, increasing the risk of identity theft, and requiring those affected to spend their own money on credit monitoring and protection.
In seeking a dismissal, Yahoo said it has always been the target of "relentless criminal attacks", and the plaintiffs' "20/20 hindsight" did not cast doubt on its "unending" efforts to thwart "constantly evolving security threats".
One accused hacker, Karim Baratov, a Canadian born in Kazakhstan, pleaded guilty in November to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy charges. The other three have not been apprehended and are believed to be in Russian Federation.