The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 22, 2013

Grocery chain pushes to shift venue of breach suit


From The Associated Press

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A supermarket chain wants an Illinois lawsuit related to a security breach affecting up to 2.4 million credit and debit cards of its customers moved to a federal court.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Maryland Heights, Mo.-based Schnucks Markets has filed a motion in St. Clair County Circuit Court to move the lawsuit, saying a federal venue would be more appropriate given potential damages.

The lawsuit was filed last month on behalf of a shopper at a Schnucks store in Belleville during the time the company says customers’ accounts may have been compromised. Two other lawsuits have been filed in Missouri.

Schnucks has said the breach dated to December and came to light in March. Many customers have reported fraudulent charges.  

Schnucks has said the lawsuit is meritless.