$10 million settlement in Target data breach case

MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun

A judge in St. Paul gave preliminary approval to a settlement offer by Target in the class action suit brought against the retailer after a 2013 data breach resulted in the leak of details of up to 40 million credit and debit card accounts. Writing for the AP, Steve Karnowski and Michelle Chapman report, “People affected by the breach can file for up to $10,000 with proof of their losses, including lost time dealing with the problem. ‘Target really needs to be commended for being willing to step up,’ Magnuson said.”

Speaking of Target, about 40 human resources employees who helped orchestrate last week’s layoffs of 1,700 employees got their thank-you from the company Thursday morning when they were notified that their own positions were being eliminated. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Jim Hammerand gets the official explanation: “… the employees were kept on until the cuts were done ‘because of the logistics involved,’ [Target spokeswoman Molly] Snyder said.”

At least if any of those newly laid off Target employees find themselves stretched financially, they can always return a bunch of merchandise. MPR’s Martin Moylan reports, “Target is planning to relax its return policy in a big way. The Twin Cities-based retailer says it will now give customers a year to return any Target-branded food, clothing, household or other product — that’s about 70,000 different items.”

Minnesota’s legislative auditor has weighed in on the Dan Markingson suicide case. Per the AP, the auditor’s office “found ‘serious ethical issues’ surrounding the suicide of a man enrolled in a University of Minnesota drug trial. The report released Thursday says it’s impossible to know whether Dan Markingson’s enrollment in an anti-psychotic drug study caused him to take his own life in 2004. But the Office of the Legislative Auditor says university leaders have continually dismissed concerns about the case. It recommends the Legislature require the school implement recommendations to strengthen its human research practices from a separate review last month.”

An explosive political situation in Lake Elmo. The city of 8,000 near the St. Croix has gone through five city administrators in the past seven years. The latest, Dean Zuleger, is leaving, according to Bob Shaw’s story in the Pioneer Press, due to the behavior of Council Member Anne Smith: “Smith’s actions are detailed in a complaint that accuses the council member of slapping, screaming and poking at Zuleger on various occasions, and that three other city employees had filed similar harassment complaints.”

The Miracle of Minneapolis, continued. In a blog post for D Magazine, Peter Simek ponders how Dallas could be more like the Mill City. Meanwhile, PBS’ Newshour checked in with locals about the elephant in the room when it comes to Minneapolis’ supposed greatness: the glaring racial inequalities here.

For what it’s worth, Minneapolis grabbed the coveted “Park Place” spot on a new U.S. edition of the Monopoly board. (Pierre, S.D. got Boardwalk.) [WCCO]

In other news…

“Pickle Factory Stinks Up Southwest Suburbs” [City Pages]

Which is better, Minneapolis or St. Paul? [vita.mn]

“Most of Minnesota is now officially in drought.” [KSTP]

No Sunday sales in the omnibus liquor bill [Star Tribune]

“State officials estimate that 326,170 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil, a distance often known as the danger zone.” [Grand Forks Herald]

R.I.P. RyKrisp [Star Tribune]

Vikings won’t cut Adrian Peterson [WCCO]

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jeff Michaels on 03/19/2015 - 04:42 pm.

    Judy’s “Fair and Balanced Report”

    One of the obvious questions that emerged while watching Judy Woodruff’s 10-minute tribute to the Twin Cities was whether she ever gave thought to the possibility of interviewing someone who was not a dedicated and admitted liberal.

    The “fair and balanced” veteran journalist certainly gave validity to those who say PBS is just another media outlet promoting a liberal agenda. It is just one more example of your tax dollars at work. Enjoy.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/19/2015 - 05:08 pm.

      Just Out of Curiosity

      What was said on the report that you didn’t like? Or is there some sort of affirmative action quota for a number of conservatives who have to be interviewed?

      You do appreciate the inherent limitations of a 10 minute report, don’t you?

      • Submitted by jason myron on 03/19/2015 - 06:22 pm.

        I’m sure he didn’t like the fact

        that any acknowledgement of success in a liberal state was not met with disgust. Maybe he can try and spin how Scott Walker’s state is lagging behind the national average in job creation.

    • Submitted by Richard Callahan on 03/19/2015 - 09:13 pm.

      On the contrary

      PBS and NPR are the only media outlets where I can hear thoughtful and rational conservative viewpoints. The so called conservatives on FOX news and talk radio are crackpots in my view. The public news sources always seem to find much better conservative and persuasive people.

    • Submitted by Jeffrey Swainhart on 03/19/2015 - 10:26 pm.

      Not to mention-

      that PBS is the only news program with regular long format news pieces. I love public TV

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