Last week, Judge Ungaro of the Southern District of Florida granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss in Burrows v. Purchasing Power, LLC.  The court found that the plaintiff had asserted a plausible claim under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA), granted the plaintiff leave to amend his claims for negligence and common-law invasion of privacy, and dismissed without leave to amend his claims under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) and Florida Constitution.

According to the Amended Complaint, defendant Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. transferred employees’ personally identifiable information (PII) to a third-party service provider named Purchasing Power, which allows employees to purchase goods via automatic payroll deductions.  The Amended Complaint alleges that a Purchasing Power employee inappropriately accessed the Winn-Dixie employees’ PII, and that Winn-Dixie learned about the data breach in October 2011 but failed to notify employees until January 2012.  Plaintiff Patrick Burrows, who was a Winn-Dixie employee, claimed that an unknown person used his compromised PII to file a false tax return under his name, leaving him unable to collect his tax refund.

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