After Sanford company’s money stolen, court rules banks are responsible if hacked


This BDN Maine article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell.

SANFORD, Maine — A recent court ruling involving a Sanford construction company and its bank could have nationwide implications as attorneys and policy makers debate who’s at fault when anonymous computer hackers steal money electronically.

People’s United Bank agreed last week to reimburse Patco for $345,000 in funds stolen by hackers after the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston decided the bank was liable in the case, Patco attorney Dan Mitchell confirmed Thursday.

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