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Colonial Pipeline Hit with Class Action for Inflated Prices

Colonial Pipeline was hit with a proposed class action suit this week by a resident of North Carolina who alleges that he had to purchase gasoline at inflated prices due to the “unlawfully deficient data security” of Colonial, which allowed a ransomware attack to shut a pipeline down.

According to allegations in the suit, the cyberattack was “catastrophic” to consumers and the attack injured millions of individuals with gas shortages and higher prices. The suit alleges that the pipeline management should have foreseen a cyber-attack as attacks against critical infrastructure are a known risk.

The Complaint alleges negligence and seeks a declaratory judgment, monetary damages, punitive damages, restitution, and disgorgement of revenue.

Copyright © 2021 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 147
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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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