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Colonial Pipeline Sued for Gas Crisis From Ransomware Attack

  • Gas station filing suit seeks to represent over 11,000 others
  • Plaintiff claims hack occurred ‘despite advance knowledge’
Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg
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Colonial Pipeline Co. was sued by a gas station seeking to represent thousands more over the ransomware attack in May that paralyzed the U.S. East Coast’s flow of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

EZ Mart 1 LLC, a two-pump station in Wilmington, North Carolina, buys its fuel from a distributor supplied by Colonial, according to a complaint filed Monday in federal court in Georgia. Colonial’s headquarters, in Alpharetta, is the site of the “control center” where the electronic ransom note was discovered, EZ Mart says in the lawsuit, in which it seeks to represent more than 11,000 gas stations and asks for unspecified monetary damages.