February 13, 2018

A Georgia federal judge on Monday tapped attorneys from several firms to serve as co-lead counsel for consumers and financial institution plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation stemming from the massive Equifax data breach.

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The court also appointed attorneys from Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC to the consumer plaintiffs steering committee.

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Equifax has been pummeled by litigation since it announced that hackers exposed the personal information of more than 145 million people. Hundreds of suits were filed by consumers against the credit bureau alleging privacy violations, along with suits by financial institutions that incurred extensive costs in responding to the breach on behalf of their customers.

Several of the attorneys named as plaintiff representatives had filed a rare “50-state” complaint against Equifax in November that pushed for dozens of individual suits to be consolidated in the Northern District of Georgia.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized the litigation in Atlanta on Dec. 6, agreeing that the city where Equifax is based was the best location for the litigation. Judge Thrash, who oversaw the Home Depot data breach MDL, split the claims into a consumer and financial institution track in January, saying it was the most efficient way to manage the litigation, according to court documents.

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