Friday, July 27, 2012

Bank's "Commercially Unreasonable" Security Practices to Blame for Cyber Theft

The First Circuit earlier this month held that a bank could be liable for the theft of nearly $600,000 from a company’s bank account because the bank’s online security systems were not “commercially reasonable” under the Uniform Commercial Code.  This ruling, in Patco Construction Company v. People’s United Bank, indicates that banks cannot entirely shift risk to their customers through contractual provisions, and that courts will scrutinize a bank’s security practices to determine whether they are adequate

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