Jimmy John's and Coke Class Action Lawsuits
Restaurant chain Jimmy John's and soft drink behemoth Coca Cola are both facing class action lawsuits because of data breaches.
We first reported on the Jimmy John's case a few weeks ago, which you can read here. Coke's case stems from a security breach they reported back in January in which the personal information of around 74,000 current and former employees, contractors and vendors was stolen. The data was on laptops that had been over the course of six years by an employee whose job it was to dispose of company equipment. Coca Cola announced that the laptops had been recovered as of December of last year.
Jimmy John's is being sued on behalf of victims of the security breach for being in violation of data breach statutes. The amount of damages has not been specified, but it does include three years of credit monitoring service for each victim.
Coke is being sued for negligence, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and breach of contract, among other things. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages plus 25 years of credit monitoring and identity theft insurance.
Although it's thought that the suits will not be successful as being placed at risk of identity theft is not the same as actually having your identity stolen or having an out-of-pocket loss, this is another reminder of why it is important to make sure your data is safe and secure. Let us help make sure your employee and customer data ia safe by conducting a network security assessment. It could end up saving you untold amounts of money and end up saving your business.