Representation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, & Nationwide
We increasingly rely on a digital environment to store and transmit personal
information. Yet regulations and safety measures meant to protect consumers
don't always keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology. As
a result, data breach and identity theft have become unfortunate byproducts
of the modern age. In fact, it is estimated that over 740 million online
records were exposed in 2013, which made it the worst year for data breaches
in U.S. history.
Data Breach & Class Action Lawsuits
Our Philadelphia consumer class action attorneys are currently representing
individuals who have been harmed by a data breach. For decades, we have
successfully represented clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and across
the country, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in
verdicts and settlements.
If you have been the victim of a data breach due to intentional or negligent
behavior, Golomb & Honik, P.C. has the experience, knowledge, and
resources to hold the offending party accountable and pursue compensation
for your loss.
Call us at (215) 278-4449 to get your case evaluated by a member of our team.
Corporations, banks, hospitals, universities, government agencies and other
entities that engage in the collection, distribution, storage or other
use of individuals' personal information have an obligation to protect
the security and privacy of that data. When a company fails to protect
their customer’s information, those who have been affected by the
data breach may be able to band together and file a class action lawsuit
against the negligent corporation or business.
How Data Breaches Occur
Although states have varying laws regarding data breach and identity theft,
data breach is generally considered the unlawful and/or unauthorized acquisition
or transmittal of data in a manner that compromises the security and confidentiality
of personal information.
A data breach can occur via numerous means, including computer theft, computer
hacking, or the illicit sale or release of personal information. Some
recent data breach class action lawsuits have involved the alleged sale
of personal information including financial data without consumer consent.
Other notable cases have focused on inadequate security measures that
have left private data vulnerable to exposure.
Information Compromised in a Data Breach
Personal information obtained through a data breach may include:
- Driver's license or state ID numbers
- Social Security numbers
- Financial account information
- Credit card numbers
- Business and personal addresses
- Phone numbers
- E-mail addresses
- And more
Consumer Help After a Data Breach - Call (215) 278-4449
When your personal and confidential information is stolen, the adverse
effects of a data breach can be far-reaching. Misuse of your private information
can compromise your reputation and financial integrity, and may result
in difficulty securing employment, housing or loans, as well as increased
insurance and credit rates.
If you have been the victim of a data breach, it can be difficult to know
where to turn for help. An experienced Philadelphia consumer class action
lawyer can help you make sense of this ordeal and protect your financial
future. An investigation into the data breach may be necessary in order
to prove that the merchant failed to adopt the necessary safeguards that
would have prevented the data breach from occurring. This often includes
working with local, state, and federal authorities, as well as the Federal
During this process, it is also necessary to determine the amount of damages
that you have suffered due to the data breach. It is also important that
consumers take the necessary steps to prevent further identity theft or
abuse of their personal information. This often includes closing credit
card and banking accounts and putting a security freeze on their credit reports.
Data Breaches in a Modern World
From large corporations to small local businesses, no one is immune from
cyber attacks. In the recent years, some big name companies have come
under fire for serious data breaches, including:
- Kaiser Permanente
- Neiman Marcus
- Sears Holding Corp
- University of Maryland
- New York State Electric & Gas Company
- Hewlett Packard
Call Our Philadelphia Consumer Class Action Lawyers for Help
If your personal and sensitive data has been compromised in a data breach,
you may be able to take part in a
consumer class action lawsuit. Large corporations, credit card companies, and banking institutions have
a responsibility to protect your sensitive information from hackers and
data thieves. When they fail to do so, they can-and should-be held responsible
for the damages that have resulted.
To learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation call our
Philadelphia class action lawyers at Golomb & Honik, P.C. at (215) 278-4449. You can also contact us
free and confidential online contact form.