On February 11, 2016, the Honorable Judge Andrew J. Guilford of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California signed an order appointing Locks Law Firm to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Experian Data Breach Litigation. The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee will be in charge of prosecuting the more than 30 class actions filed against Experian because of its conduct with regard to the exposure and subsequent theft of the personal information of approximately 15 million T-Mobile customers.
In addition, Tina Wolfson of Ahdoot & Wolfson, PC and Daniel S. Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., were appointed Co-Lead Counsels in the case. Furthermore, a Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee was named, consisting of the law firms: Locks Law Firm; Berger & Montague, PC; Girard Gibbs LLP; Keller Rohrback LLP; Zimmerman Reed; and Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC.
The claims in the case, captioned In re Experian Data Breach, arise out of Experian’s loss of T-Mobile customers’ private personal information. Experian conducted credit checks for T-Mobile customers who financed the purchase of phones through T-Mobile. Experian failed to properly secure the personal information of the T-Mobile customers, and the private, personal financial information of approximately 15 million customers was hacked. The breach of Experian’s security and exposure of consumers’ personal information can be used by thieves to open financial accounts, take out loans in customers’ names, incur charges on existing accounts, and clone ATM, debit or credit cards. Consumers’ personal identifying information is regularly sold by criminals to be used by identity thieves around the world.
“It is unconscionable that a company entrusted with consumers’ vital personal information would not take the necessary measures to ensure that information is protected and secure,” said Locks Law partner Michael A. Galpern, “Too many people’s lives have been adversely affected by identify theft and related crimes. Such companies need to be held accountable.”