Sony Pictures Entertainment has failed in an attempt to have a professional negligence claim against it thrown out.
The claim, which is being brought by nine ex-employees, relates to the high-profile cyber attack that hit the studio in the wake of its release of The Interview, a film about an assassination attempt on North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
The judge in the US court said that the claimants were free to pursue their allegations that Sony Corporation had been professionally negligent in failing to ensure adequate security from cyber “hack” attacks.
“We are pleased that the court has properly recognised the harm to Sony’s employees,” said the claimants’ professional negligence lawyer Michael Sobol. He added that the cyber attack had been “an epic nightmare, much better suited to a cinematic thriller than to real life”.
Chief among the grievances aired by the Sony employees is that the 2014 cyber attack resulted in the leaking of personal details, including social security numbers, salary and health data, and other confidential information.
US District Judge Gary Klausner ruled that Sony had a “special relationship” with its employees and owed them some level of duty of care.
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