Third Suit Filed After PIN Pad Breach
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.July 15, 2011
A class-action lawsuit claims that Michaels Stores took almost three months to warn customers that their debit cards' PIN numbers may have been stolen in a breach spanning 20 states, Courthouse News Service reports. The class action, filed in New Jersey's Passaic County Court, claims that the company "failed to take any commercially reasonable steps to safeguard its customers' nonpublic, sensitive, personal and financial account information...making its consumers an easy target for third-party skimmers," and that customers were harmed because of the delay in notice they received following the breach. The suit is the third class-action filed since news of the breach broke.