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Data Breach Lawsuit 

(AP) According to a decision announced Monday, the case will be heard by U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby in Portland.

The decision means that lawsuits already filed in Maine, New Hampshire, Florida and New York will be consolidated into a single case under the federal court’s multi-district litigation program.

The breach last winter allowed hackers to access more than 4 million credit and debit card numbers used at 165 Hannaford stores in the Northeast and 106 Sweetbay stores in Florida. In all, the breach has generated 14 lawsuits in Maine, seven in Florida and one each in New Hampshire and New York.