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1/11/2019
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SCOTUS Says Suit Over Fiat-Chrysler Hack Can Move Forward

A class-action suit over a 2015 attack demonstration against a Jeep Cherokee can move forward, US Supreme Court rules.

The US Supreme Court, this week, enabled a class action cybersecurity-related lawsuit against Fiat-Chrysler to proceed, after refusing to hear the auto company's appeal. 

In 2015, security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed that they could remotely take over a Jeep Cherokee's control systems by hacking through the SUV's infotainment system. In 2016, they showed they could do it again.

Even though no examples of the hack have been seen in the wild, and Fiat-Chrysler issued a recall affecting more than a million cars in order to patch the vulnerability, a class-action suit was filed against the company.

The plaintiffs say Fiat-Chrysler knew about the vulnerability as early as 2011 but did nothing about it until the public demonstration. They contend that, had they known of the issue, they might have chosen to purchase different vehicles.

Fiat-Chrysler had filed an appeal asking that the suit be dismissed because the vulnerability has been patched. Now, the US Supreme Court says that the suit can go forward, remediation notwithstanding. Arguments in the suit are scheduled to be heard beginning in October.

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RyanSepe,
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1/16/2019 | 9:38:30 AM
Re: Might have is not the basis for lawsuit
Thats not really what I was positing. My assertion that other individuals will fall under this category of owning a vulnerable Jeep. If they fall under the use case and it is determined that Fiat-Chrysler does have to pay out then they may be able to collect utilizing that lawsuit as a citation. It happens all the time from a medical perspective. "If you've been exposed to x, then you could be entitled to appropriations." Law offices advertise from this angle quite a bit. So not sure why its such a ludicrous assertion when it happens quite often.
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REISEN1955,
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1/14/2019 | 3:21:56 PM
Might have is not the basis for lawsuit
Gee, I worked on the 101st floor of the south tower and had I known that one day in September it would be lowered from 101 to the ground floor level, I might have chosen a different job, so WHO can i sue over a decision I MIGHT have made.  Lawsuits don't work that way.  Ever.  And it gets into Minority report territory.  What I am arrested for something I MIGHT have done or MIGHT do.  Well there is some social media in that one but even so suing a company for something that might have influenced a purchase decision?????  HEY, WHAT ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN???   Lets take them down too, lousy Germans!!!
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RyanSepe,
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1/14/2019 | 2:37:36 PM
Scope of Lawsuit
What is the reach of this lawsuit? By this I mean, if it turns out that Fiat-Chrysler needs to pay the accusers, could other vulnerable Jeep users jump on the band wagon and file ancillary lawsuits if the company still refuses to patch?
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