Minnesotans File Class Action Lawsuit Against Equifax After Breach

This July 21, 2012, photo shows Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans. Photo: AP/Mike Stewart
This July 21, 2012, photo shows Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans.

September 29, 2017 06:23 PM

A number of Minnesotans who were affected when the Equifax credit monitoring agency at the time of the company's data breach have filed a class action lawsuit against the company, according to court records.

Eleven Minnesotans filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of people impacted in the state and across the nation.   

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On Sept. 7, Equifax publicly announced the company had been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the personal data of about 143 million Americans. The theft yielded names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers.

RELATED: Equifax says Data from 143 Million Americans Exposed in Hack

The lawsuit argues that Equifax neglected to safeguard personal data, violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act and benefited through unlawful acts due to negligence.

The lawsuit also alleges Equifax violated a Minnesota state statute that requires companies holding personal information to disclose any security breach after it is discovered. According to the lawsuit, Eqiufax had detected the breach on July 29.

RELATED: Equifax Breach: What You Can Do and What's Being Done in Washington

The plaintiffs seek a declaration that Equifax's actions were unlawful, as well as compensatory, punitive and statutory damages, and court costs and attorney's fees.

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