A data breach occurs when a company or group that collects confidential
information is broken into by an unauthorized individual for personal
or political gain. In today’s electronic world, data breaches are
easier than ever. Millions of websites offer online payment options and
plenty of others give you the ability to do things like register to vote,
renew your identification, get a credit history check, apply for loans,
and much more. But what happens when one of these websites that collects
this sensitive information is breached and your information is then stolen?
The good news is you may be able to file a lawsuit in order to recover
damages you have sustained.
Before you file your lawsuit, however, there are some things you should
know about these particular cases. For starters, these lawsuits are becoming
far more common than you might imagine. In fact, just this month Equifax
announced one of the largest data breaches in history, with over 143 million
people potentially impacted. However, despite the fact that you are clearly
the one who has been wronged by having your information stolen, it can
be tremendously difficult to hold these companies liable.
Do You Qualify?
Determining whether or not you qualify for one of these lawsuits is extremely
complex, so you should talk to a Dallas commercial litigation attorney
about your case before taking any legal action. Your attorney will take
a look at several factors:
- Did the company who lost your information adopt safeguards that would have
prevented the breach from occurring?
- Did the company notify you as soon as it learned of the data breach?
- Can you obtain a list of all individuals impacted by this breach?
- Did the company violate its own customer policies in a way that resulted
in the breach?
- Are the company’s policies up to standards with the rest of the industry?
- Were any state or federal laws violated?
If these factors line up properly, you may be eligible to file a
class-action suit against the company who was breached. In essence, a class action suit
of this time consists of you pursuing damages on behalf of yourself and
everyone else who was a victim of the breach. These damages can include
the cost of replacing your credit and debit cards, service fees charged
by your credit card company, expenses associated with correcting the erroneous
information on your credit report, and any other out-of-pocket expenses
Have you recently discovered your data was breached through a company’s
computer system being hacked?
Call Golomb & Honik, P.C. today at (215) 278-4449 and let our team help you determine whether or
not filing a class action lawsuit is the right move.