Now Ashley Madison is being sued for ’emotional distress’

Ashley Madison

No surprises here: Ashley Madison, a site that facilitates infidelities, is being sued in a federal court in Los Angeles over its failure to adequately protect its clients’ personal data, reports Reuters.

The lawsuit, filed by a man identifying himself as John Doe, is seeking class-action status and accuses Ashley Madison and its Toronto-based parent company Avid Life Media Inc., of negligence, invasion of privacy and causing emotional distress.

Hackers stole personal and financial details of over 37 million users last month, and have since released over 18GB of data to the public.

The breach is believed to be the cause of two unconfirmed suicides in Canada, and the company has offered a $500,000 reward for information about who’s behind the attack.

This isn’t the first case Avid Life Media is facing in relation to the incident. A $578 million class-action lawsuit was filed in Toronto last week after users’ personal data was leaked to the public.

Ashley Madison, parent company sued in U.S. over data breach [Reuters]

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