SAN FRANCISCO — On September 24, 2014, the law firm of Gibbs Law Group LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against Home Depot on behalf of all customers nationwide whose personal information was compromised as a result of the data breach announced in September 2014. The lawsuit alleges that Home Depot failed to take reasonable security measures to adequately protect its customers’ personal data. It also asserts that Home Depot failed to disclose the data breach in a timely manner to its customers.
Home Depot has stated that 56 million credit and debit cards were exposed during a five-month-long attack on its payment terminals. According to the New York Times, former Home Depot employees have stated that the retailer used outdated software and that managers failed to take security threats as seriously as they could have. Media outlets have reported that the breach may result in up to $3 billion in fraudulent charges.
“Retailers have a duty to protect their customers’ data by complying with basic industry security standards,” said Eric Gibbs, a founding partner at Gibbs Law Group LLP. “This case alleges that Home Depot failed to properly encrypt its customers’ personal information or adequately monitor its systems for security breaches. Home Depot put its customers at unnecessary risk by exposing their data.”
The Home Depot data breach class action lawsuit is entitled Earls v. The Home Depot Inc., No. 3:14-cv-4315, and is currently pending in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Gibbs Law Group is a national litigation firm with a consumer protection group that has represented millions of individuals in class action lawsuits and delivered significant recoveries and benefits for them. The firm also represents a proposed class of individuals whose data was exposed in the In re Adobe Systems, Inc. Privacy Litigation, No. 13-CV-05226-LHK, where Judge Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that the plaintiffs had standing to sue based on an increased risk of future harm from the data breach. Gibbs Law Group founding partner Daniel C. Girard was also appointed to the Consumer Cases Steering Committee in the pending class action lawsuit concerning the Target data breach.
If you believe your personal information was compromised in the Home Depot data breach and would like to learn more about this lawsuit, please contact a consumer attorney toll-free at (866) 981-4800 or by filling out the form to the right.