On December 19, 2013, Target confirmed that a massive data breach took place in its stores between November 27, 2013 and December 15, 2013, allowing hackers unauthorized access to customers’ payment data. Reports estimate the data breach potentially affected 40 million Target customers, who have had sensitive information like debit and credit card numbers sold on the black market. Only customers who made in-store purchases were affected.
Consumers across the U.S. file claims against Target
Beginning in December 2013, consumers across the United States whose data was compromised filed dozens of lawsuits against the company, alleging Target did not implement adequate data security measures to safeguard customer data. Due to the numerous cases filed nationwide, the litigation was consolidated in federal court in Minnesota on April 2, 2014. U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson presides over the consolidated cases.
On August 25, 2014, the consumer plaintiffs filed an amended complaint against Target, which consolidated the various consumer claims within these cases and named plaintiffs to represent the class in the litigation. In the Amended Complaint, Plaintiffs allege Target failed to implement industry practices to safeguard customer information, and as a result, hackers were able to infiltrate Target’s computer systems through malicious software installed on Target’s systems. Target intends to have the case dismissed, and we expect a ruling on Target’s motion to dismiss later this year.
On May 22, 2014, Girard Gibbs Partner Daniel C. Girard was appointed to the Consumer Cases Steering Committee for the Target Data Breach Litigation by Judge Magnuson. The Steering Committee is in charge of spearheading the litigation on behalf of the nationwide Plaintiffs.
Unauthorized charges related to the Target data breach?
Girard Gibbs is continuing to investigate potential lawsuits resulting from the data breach and Target’s data security practices which contributed to the breach. If you have been affected by the Target data breach and would like a free and confidential consultation about your legal rights, contact a consumer attorney at (866) 981-4800 or by filling out the form to the right.
Other Data Breach Lawsuits
The attorneys at Girard Gibbs specialize in consumer privacy and data breach violations. Girard Gibbs’ consumer attorneys filed a Home Depot data breach class action lawsuit on September 24, 2014, alleging Home Depot did not have adequate security measures in place to protect its customers’ personal information, and failed to inform customers of the breach in a timely manner. Girard Gibbs has also represented data breach victims in numerous other lawsuits, including recent victims of data breaches targeting Certegy Check Services, Adobe, Healthnet, and IBM. We are currently investigating the Premera Blue Cross cyberattack announced in March 2015.