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MORRISONS DATA LEAK CASE - MORRISONS HELD LIABLE IN LANDMARK HIGH COURT RULING
JMW is representing thousands of claimants in a legal action for damages against Morrisons Supermarkets.
The case is the leading legal case in the UK concerning “data breach”. The High Court has ruled that Morrisons is legally responsible for the data breach. Morrisons has appealed the High Court’s Judgment, and a hearing is taking place before the Court of Appeal on 9 October 2018.
Subject to the outcome of the appeal, further legal proceedings will take place to determine what compensation must be paid to the victims. If you believe that you were affected and would like to discuss bringing a claim, please complete the form below
Further Information about the Data Leak Case
In 2014, bank, salary and National Insurance details of almost 100,000 members of staff were posted on the internet and sent to newspapers and data sharing websites by a disgruntled Morrisons employee, Andrew Skelton, in what is believed to be the biggest such leak in British corporate history.
Skelton, who had worked as a senior internal auditor at Morrisons' head office, was subsequently jailed for eight years in July 2015 at Bradford Crown Court. Jurors at Skelton’s trial heard that he developed a grudge having previously been suspected of dealing controlled drugs at work.
In December 2015, Morrisons was awarded £170,000 in compensation from Skelton having made a legal claim for the losses which it suffered.
Since then, serving and former staff employed at Morrisons’ supermarkets and its Kiddicare, Farmers Boy and Woodhead subsidiaries lodged an application for a Group Litigation Order (GLO) in 2015, and the number of individuals demanding compensation more than doubled – from just over 2,000 to more than 5,500.
A two-week trial to determine the issue of Morrisons’ liability for the data leak took place in October 2017. The hearing took place in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in London before Mr Justice Langstaff, a High Court Judge. Judgment was handed down on 1 December 2017.
In a landmark ruling, the Court found that Morrisons was legally responsible for the data leak. Morrisons has appealed the decision. The Court of Appeal will hear the appeal on 9 October 2018. The hearing is listed to take place over 3 days.