Navistar’s Failure to Safeguard Employees’ Data Resulted in Data Breach – Class Action Alleges
According to a new class action lawsuit, Navistar’s insufficient and negligent handling of employees’ private information exposed the data of tens of thousands of current and former employees in a Data Breach in May.
Thomas Kalbrier and Cherrie Kalbrier v. Navistar, Inc.
Thomas and Cherrie Kalbrier, both of whom were former employees of the company, filed the class action lawsuit in Illinois on Friday. The plaintiffs assert that Navistar was aware and warned of the possibility of a breach. However, according to them, the company was informed that the data was left vulnerable to cybercriminals by failing to perform the steps necessary to secure sensitive information.
The Navistar Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit contends that in May, Navistar was the victim of a data breach that allowed a third party to gain access to Navistar’s computer systems and private data, compromising highly sensitive information belonging to thousands of current as well as former employees and their family members.
The breach exposed employees’ names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and medical information, exposing them to the risk of fraud and as well as identity theft, the loss of the value of their confidential and private information, out-of-pocket expenditures, and the value of time reasonably spent to remedy or mitigate the attack, the Kalbriers claim.
Additionally, Navistar failed to notice the breach for several days and was unable to notify those affected for months due to their data mishandling.
Risks Associated with the Data Breach
The plaintiffs’ and class members’ identities are now at risk as a result of the defendant’s negligent conduct; the Navistar Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit argues because the Private Information that the defendant collected and stored is now in the hands of cybercriminals.
It goes on to say that data hackers might use the information to open bank accounts, obtain loans, acquire government benefits, and file false tax returns, among other things.
Additionally, the claim argues that as a result of the data breach, the plaintiffs and the class members have been vulnerable to a significant and present risk of identity theft and fraud.
Moreover, the plaintiffs and the class members must diligently check their financial accounts now and in the future to safeguard against identity theft.
The Kalbriers seek to represent individuals whose personal information was affected as a result of the data breach.
Specifically, they are suing Navistar for negligence as well as breach of implied contract, and they are requesting certification of the class, compensatory damages, reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses, nominal damages, and injunctive relief, which includes improvements to Navistar’s data security procedures, potential annual audits, and proper credit monitoring services.
Founded in 1986 as the successor to International Harvester, Navistar International Corporation is a holding corporation based in the United States. Navistar is the manufacturer of International trucks as well as diesel engines. Additionally, the company manufactures buses using the IC Bus brand.
Navistar became a completely owned subsidiary of Traton on July 1, 2021, and thus a member of the Volkswagen Group.
The company, headquartered in Lisle, Illinois, employs 13,000 people worldwide as of 2019. Navistar is represented in almost 1,000 dealer locations throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico, as well as more than 60 dealer locations in 90 countries. Additionally, the company finances its clients and distributors through its subsidiary, Navistar Financial Corporation.
Editor’s Note on Navistar Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit filed against Navistar, Inc. over a recent data breach that led cybercriminals to access the private information of the company’s current and former employees. You might also be interested in LinkedIn 700 Million Data Breach.
Case Name & No.: Thomas Kalbrier and Cherrie Kalbrier v. Navistar, Inc., Case No. 1:21-cv-05203
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Allegations: Navistar allegedly failed to safeguard its current and former employees’ private data
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