T-Mobile’s Negligence Allowed Massive Data Breach To Happen
(THIS ARTICLE COVERS MULTIPLE CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS FOR THE SAME CAUSE)
Telecommunications company T-Mobile is being accused by the latest class action lawsuit of negligence on their part by not propping up the necessary security measures on their system that led to a recent company-wide data breach incident.
The T-Mobile Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit 2021 is one of the most highly controversial consumer legal cases in the country today. Updates will be posted here on a regular basis to inform Consider The Consumer readers and members of the general public.
Judge Allows T-Mobile To Sit On Data Breach Class Action Case, Will Allow Officials If It Will Deal With A MDL Instead
A judge grants T-Mobile extra time to deal with its current ongoing legal challenges after it got inundated with a large number of class action suits in relation to its alleged failure to protect millions of its customers in a massive data breach hacking.
California Court Grants T-Mobile Requests To Hold Proceedings In Data Breach Class Action
Judge Beth Labson Freeman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has allowed T-Mobile to take its time in handling the large influx of highly similar lawsuits tossed against it by different aggrieved parties. This means that the ongoing class action proceedings in court are at a pause as well.
Judge Freeman’s decision permits T-Mobile to wait on the decision of the United States Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation or JPML to decide to compile the similar cases into one multidistrict litigation or not.
The company’s legal team contends that if the judge had not decided in their favor, they would have ended up needing to defend themselves in multiple yet very close legal cases, which may result in inconsistent and irregular decisions across multiple courts in the land.
Not only that, the party retorts that they would end up using up and wasting resources in the lengthy legal process.
Henry Thang v. T-Mobile USA Inc., No. 21-6473
T-Mobile claims it has been bombarded with more than 30 class action lawsuits in the aftermath of the incident and has asked the court to pause the complaint until the United States JPML (Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation) decides whether or not to consolidate the cases for multidistrict litigation.
In addition, T-Mobile informed the court that, lacking a “stay,” it would be forced to attempt and dismiss all of the class action lawsuits one at a time, using essentially the same argument each time. This would exhaust its resources as well as the resources of the courts and create the stage for different rulings, the company claimed.
Without a “stay,” T-Mobile will be prejudiced for it will be compelled to waste significant resources litigating in numerous forums, conducting redundant discovery and motion practice, as well as facing potentially inconsistent decisions on identical issues, the company asserted.
Additionally, T-Mobile informed the court that the plaintiff in this class action lawsuit, Henry Thang, has failed to establish any possible harm to himself or the proposed class if a “stay” is granted.
Thang has notified T-Mobile, without providing an explanation, that he will oppose any motion for a “stay,” the company reports.
Consumers who paid for coverage at the end of every month, as well as those who registered for credit with T-Mobile, were affected, with 7.8 million of the former facing the maximum level of data exposure, according to the company.
T-Mobile stated that because the claims are likely to be merged, it would be prudent to save everyone’s time and effort by pausing the class suits until the JPML rules.
According to T-Mobile, there is absolutely no reason for the courts to commit time, resources, and attention to these requests (or any other processes) when the JPML would likely combine and transfer all relevant actions into a single case before a single judge for combined pretrial purposes.
Stephen J. Vash v. T-Mobile, Case 1:21-cv-03384-SCJ
Filed in a Georgie federal court, the T-Mobile Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit is contending that the defendant T-Mobile failed to set up the proper preventive security systems to protect their customers’ personal data from being access by hackers.
T-Mobile has fallen victim to a massive cyber attack to which reports suggest has affected a hundred million T-Mobile subscribers.
According to complainant Stephen J. Vash, the T-Mobile Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit is seeking the court to hold the telecommunications company responsible for the data breach incident.
Vash claimed that T-Mobile collected different kinds of personal information from customers the minute they decided to become the company’s clients. These data samples range from names, home addresses to social security number details.
The class action argues that T-Mobile should have been vigilant and anticipated an event like the recent data breach incident. Yet, the company not only allegedly failed to set up the necessary security measures that could have prevented the data breach but also did not do the proper monitoring of their system.
After the data breach incident, affected T-Mobile patrons were purportedly kept out of the dark of the gravity of the situation for a while before they were informed of the event.
Data Breach Victims Left On The Losing Side Due To T-Mobile Negligence
Vash claimed that as a result of the company’s negligence and failure to notify them of the data breach incident in a timely manner, he and other similarly situated individuals got exposed to a variety of threats online.
They are facing increased chances of identity theft and other malicious crimes involving their personal data, yet victims are also tasked to spend a substantial amount of money and time taking the necessary security steps to prevent such crimes from happening.
The T-Mobile Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit is asking the court to force T-Mobile to pay up for the damages, including statutory damages, punitive damages, and the like they have caused on the data breach victims.
T-Mobile Files Request To Court To Allow Case Arbitration In Stephen J. Vash’s Case
Latest reports suggest that T-Mobile has asked the court to allow it to enter into arbitration with its complainant to dispute the accusations raised against the company.
News shows that T-Mobile US, Inc.’s legal team has filed a motion asking the court to allow it and complainant Stephen J. Vash to enter into an arbitration process as part of the contract the latter has signed with the telecommunications giant.
Consumers like Vash are presented with a document containing the different terms and conditions they would need to look into before dealing with T-Mobile.
Affecting more than 100 million T-Mobile subscribers, the data compromise ended up putting into jeopardy the safety of the affected individuals, for their private information was allegedly exposed to unauthorized agents.
The series of data illegally accessed by hackers include but are not limited to names, addresses, Social Security information, and others.
Consider The Consumer will continue to provide you updates surrounding this matter as soon as developments arise in court. Stay tuned.
T-Mobile Faces Two New Class Action Lawsuits Claiming They Failed To Protect Subscribers From Hackers’ Recent Security Attack
Two more separate class action lawsuits were filed against T-Mobile in relation to the recent data breach incident the telecommunications company has fallen victim to.
Filed in different courts in the states of Washington and New Jersey, the T-Mobile Data Breach Class Actions comprise of cases raised by Sheila Hamilton-Bynum and Thomas Macnish, and Ivette Delerme, respectively.
The pair of class action lawsuits both claim that T-Mobile has failed to impose the proper security measures that could have prevented the data breach attack orchestrated against the company by fraudulent agents.
Complainants Hamilton-Bynum, Macnish, and Delerme all share the same sentiments that T-Mobile should be held responsible for the harm they have caused on their subscribers as a result of their purported negligence.
According to reports, the recent T-Mobile data breach ended up compromising more than 100 million T-Mobile former and current subscribers. Among the pieces of information that are said to have been accessed by hackers without permission were customer names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, and other highly sensitive personal details.
Quick Update Regarding The Issue
The trio’s class action is only one of the others filed against the company – all of which sing the same tune: T-Mobile has been negligent on their duty of protecting their customers’ safety.
T-Mobile’s recent debacle has caused alarm on its millions of customers. Consider The Consumer will continue to report on this matter as the cases are processed in their respective jurisdictions.
As of writing, T-Mobile, through its CEO Mike Sievert, has announced that they are working to provide relief to clients and improve their current security infrastructure systems to up their ante.
Richard Halpern, et al., v. T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Richard Halpern, a T-Mobile consumer, filed a class action lawsuit against the telecommunications company T-Mobile USA, Inc., saying that it was responsible for the August data breach that affected T-Mobile consumers.
According to the class action lawsuit, the data breach occurred as a result of T-Mobile’s failure to implement and follow basic security measures. As a result, Plaintiffs’ and Class Members’ personally identifiable information is already in possession of criminals.
Class action lawsuit claims that T-Mobile’s data, which claims to include personally identifiable information of around 100 million T-Mobile consumers, was put up for sale on a forum for 6 Bitcoin, or roughly $270,000.
T-Mobile indicated that it was working to investigate the incident, but the class action lawsuit claims that the company has acknowledged that the breach has occurred and that the information has been compromised by criminals.
It is claimed that the company is negligent and that it violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act.
Class certification, damages, costs, and attorney’s fees are among the demands made by the plaintiffs. A jury trial is also being sought.
About The Company
T-Mobile is a German telecommunications company under the management of Deutsche Telekom AG. Besides a presence in their native Germany, T-Mobile conducts business and operations in select countries, including other European countries Poland, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. The company is also present in the United States.
The two-decades-old company has been able to grow into a multibillion-dollar company that made around $45 billion in revenues in 2019. It is said the company is currently employing more than half a hundred thousand employees under its wing.
Editor’s Note on T-Mobile Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article discusses the latest class action filed against T-Mobile after they were hit by a massive data breach affecting more than a hundred million of their customers. Food company, Dickey’s Barbeque, recently agreed upon a settlement over a similar class action.
Also, read our guide on what to do if you are affected by the T-Mobile Data Breach.
#1 Case Name(s) & No.: Henry Thang v. T-Mobile USA Inc., No. 21-6473
Jurisdiction: District Court for the Northern District of California
#2 Case Name(s) & No.: Stephen J. v. T-Mobile US, Inc..; Case No.: 1:21-cv-03384
Jurisdiction: District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
#3 Case Name(s) & No.: Sheila Hamilton-Bynum v. T-Mobile USA Inc.; Case No.: 2:21-cv-01190
Jurisdiction: District Courts for the Western District of Washington Seattle Division
#4 Case Name(s) & No.: Ivette Delerme, et al. v. T-Mobile USA Inc.; Case No.: 3:21-cv-16299
Jurisdiction: District of New Jersey
#5 Case Name(s) & No.: Richard Halpern, et al., v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., Case No. 2:21-cv-01226
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
Products/Services Involved: Customers’ Private Data
Allegation(s): T-Mobile did not take the necessary steps to fortify its system’s security defenses against possible cyber attacks.
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