NEW ORLEANS – Four credit unions and three banks have asked a federal appeals court here to overturn a lower court ruling rejecting their claims for compensation in the massive 2008 data breach at Heartland Payment Systems that exposed millions of credit union and bank cardholders to fraudulent transactions.

The credit unions, Pennsylvania State Employees CU, Elevations CU, O Bee CU, Seaboard FCU, argue to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that the lower court erred when it dismissed their claims last year on the grounds that Heartland owed contractual duty to Visa and MasterCard and not to them when it allowed the huge data breach to occur.

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