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Despite Equifax Breach Causes, Social Engineering Still Biggest Threat to Data Security

by LeClairRyan on

It’s now been widely reported that the cause of the recent Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal data of perhaps as many as 143 million people, was the result of the company’s alleged failure to apply a patch to...more

CFPB seeking information on consumer experience with free credit score access; announces plan to update public list of companies...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has published the following notices in today’s Federal Register: - Request for Information. Through the RFI, the CFPB seeks to learn more about consumers’ experience with access to free credit scores and the...more

Plaintiff Failed To Plausibly Allege Consumer Reporting Agency Lacked A Reason To Believe Lenders Intended To Use Credit Report...

by King & Spalding on

On October 16, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota dismissed a Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) complaint because the plaintiff had failed to plausibly allege that the defendant lacked a...more

CFPB October 2017 “special edition” complaint report highlights servicemember complaints

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s October 2017 complaint report, which the CFPB calls a “special edition” monthly complaint report, departs from the format of the CFPB’s standard monthly reports. (The CFPB’s June and July 2017 complaint reports...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Most insiders are chalking up last week’s CVS/Aetna news to a recent Amazon push into the pharma world. The Journal breaks down exactly what that means—both for the industry and for Amazon, which faces a series of challenges...more

Equifax Fallout Continues, Spreads Across Industry—and Pond

The fallout from the Equifax data breach continues, reaching other credit reporting companies and all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. What happened - In early September, Equifax disclosed that roughly 145 million...more

Consumer Data Breach: Equifax and Arbitration

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The latest large consumer data breach, this time involving Equifax, has also shed a sharp light on an ongoing controversy about consumers’ access to justice. In taking steps to ameliorate its PR crisis, Equifax found itself...more

High Alert for California Employers and Employers Nationwide for the Second Wave of FCRA Class Actions

by Littler on

The flurry of Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) class actions against employers started in or about 2012 and was not limited to California. Many of those lawsuits resulted in significant payouts for violations of one or more...more

Jump in Credit Scores Means Dip in Underwriting Predictability

by Carlton Fields on

Underwriters that rely on popular credit-scoring models like FICO and VantageScore to assess risk may have noticed that some consumer credit scores jumped recently. The nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax Inc.,...more

Another Bumpy Week for Equifax: Virus Hits Website, IRS Suspends Contract and Hacked UK Residents Notified

It was another chaotic week for Equifax Inc., still scrambling to stem the torrent of bad news after its massive data breach last month that has potentially affected more than half of the U.S.’s adult population....more

Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Predicts $1 Billion Settlement in Data Breach Case – But Where’s the “Harm”?

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

This week, a high profile plaintiffs’ firm (Edelson) stated that “if done right,” the data breach class actions against Equifax should yield more than $1 billion in cash going directly to more than 143 million consumers...more

States Respond to Equifax Cyber Breach with Enforcement Actions and Calls for Enhanced Regulatory Powers

In the wake of last month’s historic cyber breach of Equifax, which resulted in the theft of sensitive personal information belonging to over 140 million Americans, states have wasted no time in seeking a greater role in...more

State AGs ask Experian to waive credit freeze fees

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Assistant Illinois Attorney General, in a letter sent to Experian’s CEO on behalf of the Illinois AG and the AGs of 35 other states and the District of Columbia, has asked Experian not to charge any credit freeze-related...more

Equifax Fallout Could Boost Consumers' Shaky Harm Claims

Tim Toohey was quoted in Allison Grande’s article that ran in Law360 on October 6, 2017, discussing the Equifax data breach and the congressional hearings in both the Senate and House following the breach. The hearings have...more

Equifax Flunked Index Provider’s Cybersecurity Test A Year Ago

A financial index provider foretold the Equifax Inc. data breach more than a year ago, warning that the rating agency “is vulnerable to data theft and security breaches.”...more

And Now, In Recent New York Cybersecurity Action…

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) have been busy on the cybersecurity front. In a press release on September 18, 2017, building upon the state’s pride in its...more

The Mummy, Equifax and Dust in the end

by Thomas Fox on

It is the dust in end that Equifax created from its statements over the past week and actions which led to the massive data breach in the first place. The former head of the company, Richard Smith, testified before Congress...more

Financial Services Committee Rounds Out Equifax Hearings

by Cozen O'Connor on

The House Financial Services Committee this morning rounded out a full week of congressional hearings for former Equifax CEO Richard Smith. Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) reiterated his earlier calls for national standards...more

Equifax Hearings – Round Three

by Cozen O'Connor on

Richard Smith, former Chairman and CEO of Equifax, faced his third congressional hearing in two days, appearing this afternoon before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Privacy, Technology, and the Law Subcommittee to discuss...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Equifax’s ex-CEO Richard Smith will be on the Hill today to address the a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Smith is expected to report that a “widespread breakdown in security safeguards” at his former...more

House Holds Hearings On Equifax Breach

by Cozen O'Connor on

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital and Consumer Protection held the first in what will be a series of Congressional hearings on the recently revealed data breach at major credit agency...more

State and Local Governments Move Swiftly to Sue Equifax.

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The cities of Chicago and San Francisco and the Massachusetts Attorney General have filed the first enforcement actions against Equifax following the announcement of a data breach affecting an estimated 143 million consumers....more

Equifax: Can It Get Any Worse? U.S. Breach Toll Tops 145 Million

It’s difficult to imagine things getting much worse for Equifax Inc. But late yesterday, Equifax disclosed that an additional 2.5 million Americans are potentially affected by the massive breach, bringing the company’s...more

Equifax Data Breach Fallout Continues

Just weeks after it was announced, the Equifax data breach has already resulted in multiple class action lawsuits, state attorneys general actions, and a renewed call to pass uniform, national data breach legislation....more

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