Data Breach Lawsuits


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Security and data breaches are an issue plaguing dozens of companies that store customers’ personal information online. Several high-profile security breach incidents have drawn security negligence into question, and attorneys and victims are holding the responsible parties accountable for leaked financial information, credit scores, credit card numbers, bank information and other confidential information.

Companies like Facebook, Yahoo, Exactis, Target, Anthem, and others have suffered data breaches in the last couple years and have spawned dozens of class action data breach lawsuits that seek to compensate affected users and customers for the damage and stress it has caused in their lives.

Security breach settlements have recovered millions of dollars for victims. If you have been a victim of a security breach, contact an Ohio data breach lawyer to discuss the possible legal recourse and litigation process.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio data breach lawyer and Privacy Attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in class action security breach lawsuits.


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Regardless of the reason for a security breach—whether a person or group gains access to confidential information for financial or political gain—victims have the right to file a claim against a company for failing to protect their information, and can lead to a class action lawsuit.

Companies must exercise reasonable care in protecting customers’ information, and if they do not, they can be held liable for the damages that result, including identity theft.

Security breach victims and Ohio data breach lawyer teams representing plaintiffs have been able to settle multi-million dollar recoveries. If you or a loved one suffered financial losses from a data breach, contact an Ohio data breach lawyer for a free consultation.

In the face of online security threats, Ohio enacted the Data Protection Act, which provides an incentive-based program for businesses to strengthen their existing cybersecurity systems and practices.

Because a business can be ruined financially and by reputation, they are able to protect themselves by taking greater online security measures. But many companies choose not to protect consumer privacy, and thus face class action lawsuits.


Biggest Data Breaches & Class Action Settlements


Companies big and small today face the reality that it is likely that their network will be breached. As a result, they must do all they can to prevent attacks. If they fail to protect private information, class action data breach lawsuits can be filed.

In June 2017, America’s largest insurance company, Anthem, agreed to a $115 million settlement after a security breach compromised the private data of 80 million customers. Healthcare organizations are reporting a steep rise in data breaches, and the situation could worsen.

  • Capital One announced that 100 million credit card accounts were hacked and personal information was stolen. Attorneys are investigating whether bank account info, social security numbers and other sensitive information was taken.
  • Yahoo has been a target in class action data breach lawsuits after tens of millions of user accounts were compromised due to ineffective site security. The company paid more than $117 million to settle the case.
  • Equifax admitted that 43 million American accounts were hacked and leaked information such as names, birth dates, social security numbers and phone numbers. Some consumers also had their tax IDs exposed. Equifax paid a settlement of over $700 million.
  • In March 2016, Home Depot paid $19.5 million to consumers in a data breach settlement. Home Depot agreed to pay $25 million to banks and credit card companies in the following year.
  • Facebook announced in 2018 that a data breach leaked information from over 50 million users. Class action lawsuits are pending. The social media company also faces various privacy lawsuits and settled one recently involving facial recognition technology for over $500 million.
  • Marriott announced up to 500 million customer accounts compromised in a data breach in 2018.
  • Fiat Chrysler is facing a class action lawsuit over a security breach involving its Jeep vehicles and defective software.

 


Healthcare Security Breach Lawsuits


The rise of healthcare hacks have left millions of patients vulnerable to stolen info and identity theft. The vast majority of hospitals and health insurance companies have reported data breaches, and although it is unknown what can be done with medical data, patient’s financial data and personal information can easily be used in nefarious ways.

With the rise of electronic medical data storage in place of old paper files, there are more and more instances of healthcare related security breach incidents and subsequent class action lawsuits.

America’s largest insurance company, Anthem, agreed to a $115 million settlement after a data breach compromised 80 million customers.


Hotel Data Breach Lawsuits


Hotels are prime targets in data theft attacks because they compile so much personal information, including names, email addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers, photo IDs, and credit card information. Hotel data breach incidents can be devastating to affected victims.

Marriott was a good example of a hotel chain that failed to meet consumer security expectations when the company was hacked and customer information for 300 guests was stolen.


Restaurant Data Breach Lawsuits


Restaurants have been hacked in recent years, and most have admitted they were not prepared and do not have the ability to ward off such data theft attacks.

Arby’s, Checkers and many others have been the subject or attacks and subsequent class action data privacy lawsuits. Consumers and restaurant customers have a right to use their credit card and assume their personal information is protected  by a company.


Other large data breach settlements include:

  • Target: $10 million
  • Sony (PlayStation data breach): $15 million
  • Ashley Madison: $11.6 million
  • Sony (employee security breach): $8 million
  • Stanford University Hospital: $4.1 million

Can I File a Data Breach Lawsuit?


An experienced class action attorney can determine if you are eligible to file a data breach lawsuit or join a class of plaintiffs. A lawyer can assist in determining the following:

  • Did the company fail to adopt security safeguards that would have prevented a data breach?
  • Did the company notify customers as soon as it learned of the data breach?
  • Did the company provide a complete list of all individuals affected by the data breach?
  • Did the company provide security in line with industry standards?
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Questions About Action Lawsuits

What is a Class Action Lawsuit?

A Class Action is a lawsuit brought by an individual on behalf of all other similarly situated individuals. Rule 23 of the Federal and State Rules of Civil Procedure allows for Class Action lawsuits to resolve disputes in an efficient format.

Class Actions are typically filed when the amount of money in dispute for a single plaintiff would not justify litigating the case, but where the amount of damages of the entire class of Plaintiffs would justify the cost of litigation. Without class actions, large corporate defendants would be able to cause small amounts of harm over a large group of individuals without any risk of monetary penalty.

What is the difference between a Class Action & a Mass Tort?

A Class Action lawsuit involves a large group of people that have experienced extremely similar outcomes. Because the cases must meet the strict guidelines of the Class Action, they are presented under one plaintiff. 

In a Mass Tort, individual experiences may vary. Even though a large number of people have been affected, the variations from case to case are more broad than a class action. In a Mass Tort each plaintiff is represented independently, though in most instances there is still a set of general criteria to meet.

What are the requirements?

In order for a case to be certified as a Class Action, the Court must determine that the case is appropriate for class action treatment under Rule 23. There are different elements depending on whether the case is seeking monetary or injunctive relief. In general, the Court must find the following elements are satisfied:

  • Numerosity: The proposed class must be so numerous that simply joining the individual plaintiffs would be impractical. Generally, the class size should exceed 100 individuals.
  • Common Questions of Law or Fact: The facts and/or legal questions in the dispute must be common to all class members. This does not mean all facts or issues must be identical, but the primary facts and law that will determine the issue in dispute must be common among all class members.
  • Typicality: The named Plaintiff in the case must have the same facts and legal issues as the class they are proposing to represent. If the Plaintiff’s individual case involves issues of fact or law unique to that Plaintiff and are irrelevant to the ultimate issue, class certification may be denied by the Court.
  • Plaintiff/Counsel Adequately Represents the Class: The Court must find that the Plaintiff and Plaintiff’s Counsel are competent and will protect the class’ interests.
  • Predominance: Common questions of fact predominate over individual facts.
  • Superiority: The Class Action is a more efficient and fair means of resolving the dispute. The Court will look at the following factors when making this determination: (1) Class Member interest in maintaining a separate action; (2) the extent of any litigation already begun by other class members; (3) desirability or undesirability of litigating the case in a particular Court ; (4) difficulties in managing the class.
What counts as a class action?

Medical Device Litigation, Pharmaceutical Litigation, and other toxic tort litigation is not appropriate for Class Action treatment. Specifically, cases that involve injuries to the parties contain too many individual facts in terms of the science and causation to find that the common issues predominate over the individual facts.

On the other hand, complex litigation that impacts many individuals and contain common questions of fact related to the conduct of the defendant are often appropriate for mass tort consolidation. Mass Tort consolidation in federal multi-district litigation or a State mass tort docket, allows the parties to utilize the efficiency of class action litigation through the discovery process but still allows the parties to litigate their cases individually on the critical issues of whether the conduct caused the alleged injuries.

While our human bodies are very similar, each individual’s body may have reacted differently to the toxic exposure that makes Class Action treatment inappropriate in most personal injury lawsuits.

Some toxic tort areas that may be beneficial for class action lawsuits can involve environmental contamination. When companies are negligent and contaminate large swaths of private property. Public nuisance lawsuits have been filed against negligent agricultural operations of fracking companies.

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Filing Class Action lawsuits is a complex and serious legal course and can carry monetary sanctions if proper legal course is not followed. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to assisting injured plaintiffs work toward a financial solution to assist in compensating for medical expenses or other damages sustained.

We work with law firms across the country to provide the most resources possible and to build your case into a valuable settlement. The current legal environment is favorable for consumers involved in data breach class actions, deceptive marketing lawsuits, TCPA telemarketing claims, and financial negligence claims.

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We work with law firms across the country to provide the most resources possible and to build your case into a valuable settlement. 

Ohio Data Breach & Privacy Lawsuits

Invasion of privacy law has been established to protect consumers and citizens of the United States. When companies are negligent and fail to protect consumer information, which can be used in malicious ways, victims can contact a class action attorney to represent them in class action data breach lawsuits. A number of privacy breach and data breach claims have been settled by The Lyon Firm and other consumer protection lawyers around the country.

Consumer Protection Class Action

Consumers have rights in the USA, and when companies do not provide a service they have promised, or hold up their end of a bargain, legal action may be necessary. Consumer protection attorneys work on your behalf to hold companies responsible for providing a fair and safe service.

The Lyon Firm has worked with law firms nationwide in consumer class actions involving deceptive marketing, false advertising, food mislabeling and misleading marketing claims.

TCPA Robocall Class Actions

TCPA lawsuits have become one of the most common kinds of legal claims. The TCPA Act provides privacy protection for consumers by restricting how companies and organizations can contact you by telephone. Robocall harassment and unfair debt collection has been a serious issue that has required lawsuits in order to keep telemarketing companies at bay.

If you have experienced telephone harassment by a bank, real estate company, hotel, political campaign or anyone else, you may have TCPA claim. The Lyon Firm works diligently to seek compensation for those harassed at their home or work.

Ohio Wage and Hour Lawsuits

Class action wage and hour lawsuits are always ongoing, as some employers fail to treat employees properly, and attempt to cut workers out of earned wages. Wage theft lawsuits can be valuable for a class of plaintiffs who believes their employer has cheated them out of overtime pay and other earned wages.

There have been several wage theft lawsuits and settlements that have compensated employees for the wages they have earned, as well as damages for emotional distress and punitive damages when an employer is negligent in treating workers in accordance to Ohio labor law.

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