Report: Supreme Court denies Zappos appeal of breach suit

The U.S. Supreme Court has reportedly cleared the way for a lawsuit against online footwear retailer Inc.

According to Bloomberg, Zappos, which is owned by Amazon, had attempted to appeal a class action lawsuit stemming from a 2012 data breach involving the personal data of 24 million consumers. Zappos’ attorneys reportedly argued that unless a consumer had proof of concrete injury, such as the impending criminal exploitation of their personal data, they should not be able to sue over the breach.

Zappos says that only about 24 customers have reported that personal data exposed in the breach was improperly used, according to Bloomberg. By rejecting the appeal, the Supreme Court let a ruling by a federal appeals court in San Francisco that the sensitive nature of exposed data merited the suit stand.