Business targeted by hacker: Lawyers have conflict

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SEATTLE (AP) — A pizza chain targeted in a credit card hacking scheme says its former law firm has a conflict of interest in the case because it's representing the son of a Russian lawmaker charged with hacking into businesses across the U.S.

Zpizza's president told a federal judge Tuesday that the company shared confidential information with the Fox Rothschild firm that could benefit Roman Seleznev, saying the firm's failure to reveal a possible conflict is "reprehensible."

The firm says it doesn't believe there's a conflict, because it no longer represents Zpizza and has barred communication between the attorneys representing Seleznev and the attorney that represented the restaurants.

A judge set a Sept. 26 hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle on the conflict concerns.

Seleznev was indicted on charges that involved hacking into computerized cash registers, stealing hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers and selling the data online. He has pleaded not guilty.