Some of the legal woes Schnucks Markets Inc. has faced since suffering a data breach from December 2012 through March 2013 were eased this month in a St. Louis court.
The U.S. District Court in St. Louis has terminated the lawsuit from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., which claimed it was only responsible for physical damages incurred at Schnucks stores throughout the Midwest not for a data breach, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.
The St. Louis-based grocer informed its customers in April of the data breach, affecting up to 2.4 million payment cards. The card data was not attached to any other payment or loyalty programs at Schnucks, so hackers likely did not obtain customer names, addresses or e-mail addresses.
Schnucks spokesperson Lori Willis confirmed through e-mail that the lawsuit had been dismissed and Schnucks and Liberty Mutual have "agreed to discuss alternatives to litigation." Liberty Mutual filed its lawsuit against Schnucks two months ago.
She did not comment on other pending customer litigation or whether the card brands had imposed any fines on the grocery chain. Liberty Mutual did not respond to inquiries prior to deadline.
Schnucks operates 100 stores throughout Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
When informing customers about the data breach, the grocery chain indicated that credit and debit card data in 79 of its 100 stores had been compromised.