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Sony Loses Bid to Dismiss Suit Over ‘Nightmare’ Data Breach

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Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. lost a bid to dismiss a lawsuit by former employees whose personal data was stolen in what they called a “nightmare” computer hack linked to the release last year of “The Interview,” the spy-caper comedy set in North Korea.

A federal judge in Los Angeles Monday refused to throw out the allegation that Sony was negligent in not maintaining adequate security to stop hackers from getting into the company’s computer systems and releasing employee salaries, worker health data, racially tinged e-mail banter and other sensitive information.