January 7, 2019 / 2:51 PM / 7 months ago

U.S. top court declines to take up Fiat Chrysler hacking case

WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Fiat Chrysler’s appeal in a class action lawsuit over allegations that its Jeeps and other trucks are vulnerable to hacking, one of the first legal cases involving automotive cybersecurity risks.

The court’s action paves the way for a trial in the litigation centering on the question of whether truck buyers can sue over hypothetical future injuries without having been actual victims of cybersecurity attacks on their vehicles. Fiat Chrysler has received widespread support from industry groups in the dispute.

Reporting by Tina Bellon and Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham

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