- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Home Depot wants a federal lawsuit filed by consumers after a massive data breach last year dismissed, arguing that the individuals weren’t harmed financially.

The court documents filed this week by the nation’s biggest home improvement retailer mark its first response to the consumers’ complaint.

Home Depot says in the documents that most of the plaintiffs were fully reimbursed for any losses after the breach. The company also said that consumers have not identified any “deceptive act” by Home Depot after it learned of the breach.

Consumers in their initial complaint called company management’s attitude toward data security “willfully dismissive” and said the retailer should have done more to prevent a breach. Attorneys for the consumers named in the suit weren’t immediately available Tuesday.

The Atlanta-based retailer has said that hackers initially accessed its network in April 2014 using a third-party vendor’s username and password. The company has said it disclosed the breach affecting 56 million debit and credit cards after learning of it in September.

A U.S. District Court judge split complaints related to the breach into two categories - consumers and financial institutions. Home Depot has not yet responded to the financial institutions’ complaint.



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