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    Hannaford Breach Suits Said Likely to Be Consolidated

    Two groups of law firms are competing to lead the resulting class action.

    Twenty-three lawsuits stemming from a data breach at Hannaford Bros. Co. will probably be consolidated into one class action, with two groups of law firms in the running to head up the case, according to published reports.

    One group is made up of Philadelphia-based Berger & Montague, Chicago-based Barnow & Associates, and Miami-based Harke & Clasby, while the other comprises Murray, Plumb & Murray in Portland, Maine; Lewis Saul & Associates, also in Portland; and Shapiro Haber & Urmy of Boston.

    The data breach, which exposed to fraud 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers used at 165 Hannaford and 106 Sweetbay locations gave rise to 14 lawsuits in Maine, seven in Florida, one in New Hampshire, and one in New York.

    A panel of federal judges is expected to consolidate the suits. The resulting class action is likely to be heard in U.S. District Court in Portland. Documents filed in federal court by Hannaford reveal that the Scarborough, Maine-based grocer agreed that the various lawsuits should be consolidated in Maine.

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