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Equifax Data Breach Liability


Washington, DC: Equifax Inc, is facing several lawsuits over its recent and enormous data breach, which affects nearly half of the population in the US.

One of the largest data breaches in US history, the credit reporting agency only revealed in September that hackers had accessed about 143 million US consumers’ names, Social Security numbers and other sensitive personal information on its servers between May and July.

Lawsuits have been filed by consumers in Georgia and Oregon and more are sure to follow. The New York Attorney General’s Office has also launched its own investigation.

The plaintiffs in the Georgia class action allege a host of injuries that they have or are likely to suffer as a direct result of the breach. These include costs associated with the detection and prevention of identity theft and unauthorized use of their financial accounts, damages arising from the inability to use their PII and access to their account funds, the loss of their privacy, and potential fraud and identify theft posed by their PII being placed in the hands of criminals.

The lawsuit was filed in Atlanta federal district court, just hours after Equifax alerted the public about the data breach, seeks statutory damages under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Plaintiffs are accusing Equifax of having “acted willfully and recklessly because it knew or should have known about its legal obligations regarding data security and data breaches under the FCRA.”

Consumers in the Oregon class action are claiming that at least one plaintiff had already purchased third-party credit monitoring services and requested that Equifax "provide fair compensation in an amount that will ensure every consumer harmed by its data breach will not be out-of-pocket for the costs of independent third-party credit repair and monitoring services."

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Published on Sep-11-17

EQUIFAX DATA BREACH LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Equifax Breach Led to Real Life Problems says Class Action
Equifax Breach Led to Real Life Problems says Class Action
October 27, 2017
Atlanta, GA: Lead plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed in US District Court in Atlanta claim it was the Equifax breach between May and July 2017 that led to real life problems after their personal and private information was snatched from the credit reporting agency’s data bank and then allegedly used by criminals for illegal purposes READ MORE

Attorney Files Equifax Class Action Lawsuit
Attorney Files Equifax Class Action Lawsuit
September 25, 2017
San Jose, CA: In the wake of an Equifax data breach that occurred in July but reported this September, attorneys at Oakland, California- based Scott Cole & Associates have filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against the credit reporting agency. This digital disaster could potentially affect up to 175 million Americans, and millions of people worldwide, including the U.K. and Canada READ MORE
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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
TRINA JACQUILLARD
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I personally do not think it's right that they did not and had not contacted everyone affected by this breach that they brought on themselves. Had I not looked into my name and my mother's also neither one of had known we were a part of this. How can that be legal? Since then at that time later on we find out driver's licenses and other personal information could and has been exposed. This breach was brought on by them and they should be held accountable for each and every person affected by their practices. How do we really know where we are floating around on the black market? What if they commit a crime using your identity, then what?

Posted by
frank
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Equifax is not my intro to identity theft, unfortunately. I am understanding of a data breach. These are my major issues with EQUIFAX. 1. Breach happened months before public was informed unintentionally. 2. rule number of one of data breaches is to act immediately. if not all of the evidence can be gone in a heartbeat. 3. I found out out about Equifax breach via news in September.. 4. Equifax notified me of my information and the breach by USPS in NOVEMBER!!!!! THAT IS RIDICULOUS!!!!! especially from one of the THREE CONSUMER REPORTING BUREAUS. Why the super super delay in informing the consumers? Where is the accountability? Letter also did not inform consumers of the complimentary identity monitoring service, nor was there any form of apology. PERIOD.

Posted by
Wendy Harris
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I think when you trying to apply for a loan they still have bills that you have paid off it never be dropped or taken off so your credit score never improve.

Posted by
Tanja Ford
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Info an credit info expose

Posted by
michael zara
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My personal information was used on my amx card after the breach.

Posted by
CHRISANNE OLIVER
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Equifax is the worst agency for accuracy on credit reports, fails to completely investigate disputes filed by consumers or make corrections when consumers provided proof of payment of negative accounts on their reports, always offers it's "credit monitoring" services for free when it does admit to screwing up.
They make their money on these services so it seems that they allow breaches and other credit reporting errors in order to promote their main product. I am sure many of those that used their service for free after a breach at Equifax continued to purchase the service thinking it would protect them in the future which it won't. Equifax counts on consumers thinking this protects them and makes millions of dollars from these useless services. Accurately reporting your credit and protecting your personal information is the least of their concerns. They should be put out of business and made to pay consumers for all the trouble they have caused and the risks they have placed on consumers financial accounts! Plus they are focused on reporting negative accounts but rarely

Posted by
Bertha Benton
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I was informed that I was breached

Posted by
Felix Baker
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I have been waiting for this to happen ,This is a Credit reporting Bureau .That reports half truth .I,m 62 years old ,and i have never noticed the reporting of Gas bills ,Light bills ,Cable bills .Bills like the above are ,and should be part of Credit report ,but its not WHY .To call yourself a Credit reporting bureau [ means to report all credit .Also anyone can get on your credit report an say you owe them [ no one checks ]

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