New York, NY: Target Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit over the recent data breach of up to 40 million customer' credit and debit cards.
Filed in California federal court by lead plaintiff Lisa Purcell ("Plaintiff"), the lawsuit seeks to represent all those similarly situated to obtain damages, restitution and injunctive relief for the Class.
"The information Target lost, including Plaintiff' identifying information and other financial information, is extremely valuable to thieves. As the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") recognizes, once identity thieves have personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance,"'the lawsuit states.
According to a statement issued by Target, the so-called track data was stolen in real time as payment cards were swiped in its stores between November 27, the day before Thanksgiving, and December 15.
The lawsuit states " Investigators believe the data was obtained via software installed on machines that customers use to swipe magnetic strips on their cards when paying for merchandise at Target stores." And "The thieves may also have accessed PIN numbers for affected customers' debit cards, allowing the thieves to withdraw money from those customers' bank accounts. Thieves could not have accessed this information and installed the software on Target' point-of-sale machines but for Target' negligence, and that Target failed to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature and scope of the information compromised in the data breach."
Among the allegations is the clam that Target was negligent in its failure to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature and scope of the information compromised in the data breach. Further, "Target unreasonably delayed informing anyone about the breach of security of Class Members' confidential and personal information after Target knew the data breach had occurred,"the lawsuit states.
Plaintiff is represented by Jennifer R. Murray of Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC.