The Equifax Data Breach
Equifax is one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies, collecting and aggregating information on consumers and businesses across the world. On Thursday, September 7th, Equifax announced that hackers had gained access to the information of at least 143 million US customers in a massive data breach.
Law firms across the nation are now joining together to file federal and state class action lawsuits against Equifax following this data breach. The suits allege that Equifax violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and various state consumer protection laws by failing to protect the sensitive data in its possession, and by waiting six weeks to notify consumers that the hack had occurred.
“Not only is this one of the largest and most serious data breaches in history,” former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann noted, “the company’s actions, including concealing the incident for more than a month, are perhaps the most egregious violations of the FCRA that have ever been committed. Equifax’s behavior is inexcusable. That is why we moved quickly to protect consumers impacted by the breach and to hold the company accountable for its negligence.”
Along with filing a federal suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division in Cincinnati, the law firms have also filed actions in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Nevada.
Do I Have a Case?
Working together with federal law firms, we are looking for NJ customers who meet certain criteria that may have a case against Equifax.
You may have a case against Equifax if:
- You paid Equifax to put a freeze on your credit before September 12, 2017
- You placed a security freeze on your credit at any time and want to make consumer purchases in the future.
If this applies to you, contact Ira J. Metrick today to learn more about your options regarding the Equifax data breach.