Equifax, Inc. Data Breach

Murphy, et. al., v Equifax, Inc.
United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division
Case No. 3:17-cv-0562

Crow, et al., v Equifax, Inc.
United States District Court for the Northern District of California,
San Francisco Division
Case No. 3:17-cv-5355

Dixon, et al., v Equifax, Inc.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia,
Atlanta Division
Case No. 1:17-cv-3809

Case Overview

In September  2017, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. filed three class-action complaints in the federal court in California and Georgia against Equifax Inc., one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies that trades the information of tens of millions of Americans.

In these class action complaints, the Plaintiffs seek to represent a class of persons defined as:

“All natural persons in the United States whose personally identifying information (“PII”) was compromised as a result of the Data Breach.”

The Plaintiffs are pursuing claims, on behalf of a proposed class, against Equifax for breaching its duty to safeguard and protect the PII of the Plaintiffs and the proposed class members; injunctive relief that will stop Equifax from continuing its deceptive, fraudulent and unfair business practices; restitution and/or disgorgement and compensatory damages for the economic losses and the out-of-pocket costs; and treble damages applicable under state and federal laws.

We are unable to respond to any questions with respect to the status of the personal identifying information (PII) for any specific individual possessed or maintained by Equifax Inc. and whether that PII was subject to this 2017 breach.  PII can be names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other forms of unique identifiers or data. 

Please be advised that we are not accepting the opportunity for representing individual persons or accepting individual cases, and we cannot provide any legal advice with respect to any potential claims as an individual.

Case Status

At this time, the Defendant, Equifax Inc. has several weeks – possibly longer – before it must formally respond to the claims and allegations made against it in the class action complaints. We urge you to visit this website periodically as it will be updated as the litigation progresses.

 

Background on the Breach

On September 7, 2017, Equifax disclosed that it had experienced a data breach that exposed the sensitive, personally identifying information (“PII”) for an estimated 143 million Americans.  The PII disclosed and now at-risk includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers – information most often used for identify theft.  In addition, phone numbers, credit card numbers and driver’s license numbers were also exposed.

Equifax knew about the breach as early as July 29, 2017, but did not disclose it to the public, allowing the hackers nearly two months to gather the PII in the possession and control of Equifax. There are indications that the hackers began accessing the data as early as May 2017 – two months before Equifax even became aware.  In addition, there appears to be knowledge on the part of Equifax that there were vulnerabilities in the web applications and software packages being utilized, yet no protections were put in place.

 

Other Information

The Federal Trade Commission’s website is a useful resource for information on the immediate steps to take if you have or may have been exposed in a data breach: www.identitytheft.govs

Learn more about free credit freezes from Equifax

Case Documents

Murphy Class Action Complaint – 09/11/2017

Crow Class Action Complaint  – 09/15/2017

Dixon Class Action Complaint – 09/28/2017

 

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