If the case moves forward, a casino operator’s recent lawsuit against an IT security firm it hired to investigate a data breach could pave the way for similar lawsuits to be brought by clients dissatisfied with the quality of IT security contractors’ work.

The suit, filed by Affinity Gaming in December 2015 in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, alleges that Trustwave failed to meet professional quality standards in a post-hack investigation and prevention of ongoing damage from the hack, which targeted Affinity. Legal observers say the case could open the door for similar lawsuits over issues of liability.

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