According to WCNC (2/4/14), a man in Charlotte, North Carolina, has joined a group of 26 people in filing a lawsuit against Target following the data breach. The news report notes that the man’s debit card information was stolen and unauthorized charges later appeared on his account, draining it of all funds. Although he did get his money back, his lawyer says it took weeks and in the meantime, the plaintiff was without money or the means to buy gas or food.
Target has assured customers that they are not liable for any fraudulent withdrawals from their accounts, but when money from their account is used illegally, it can take a while to recover those funds. In the meantime, customers still have bills to pay and necessities to purchase.
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Target was not the only retailer to be hit by a data breach in the past few months. Neiman Marcus also fell victim to the hackers. As many as 110 million consumers may have been affected by the Target breach, with many more affected in the Neiman Marcus breach.
Lawsuits filed by consumers against Target allege the company was negligent in its protection of customer information and misled customers about the nature of the breach.