Equifax Breach: Litigation Update

October 31, 2017

On September 7 the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax announced a massive data breach affecting as many as 145.5 million people.

Our firm, in association with Branstetter Stranch & Jennings of Nashville, TN, filed a class action lawsuit against Equifax in the Western District of North Carolina. Because many other law firms in many different states have filed similar lawsuits, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider, in a hearing on November 30, whether to “consolidate” the many lawsuits into one, in one district court.  We expect the decision of the JPML to be issued late this year and will post an update when that happens.

At this time we are not planning to add plaintiffs to our lawsuit, but you do not need to become a plaintiff in order to be counted in the “class” of the class action as it goes forward.

If you believe you might have been affected by the data breach, please see the FTC’s “What to Do” page.

Click here for the story from the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Click here for our press release.



April M. Burt is a transactional lawyer. Katherine Langley and Chad Anderson are trial lawyers. These Asheville-based attorneys focus their practice in the areas of business law, employment law, estate planning, and transactional law. They serve clients in the Western North Carolina communities located in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, and surrounding counties.


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