A data breach represents an act in which an unauthorized party acquires confidential data for personal, professional, financial, or political gain. Victims of a data breach often do not discover the breach until several days or even weeks after the breach occurred. Sophisticated techniques have allowed criminals to breach the most complex data protection systems built by mega-corporations such as Marriott. In fact, Marriott experienced one of the largest data breaches in 2013 and 2014 that impacted the data of nearly 500 million consumers and more than 1.4 billion accounts.
Data breaches can lead to several different types of criminal activities, including identity theft and financial losses. When a company like Marriott fails to protect consumers against data breaches, consumers have a right to file civil lawsuits against a negligent company, non-profit organization, or a government agency. Because of the large number of potential plaintiffs, a data breach case such as the one against Marriott can grow into a class action lawsuit.
Another option is to reach a data breach lawsuit settlement, which helps plaintiffs avoid a costly and time-consuming civil trial. Class action lawsuits typically last longer than the civil lawsuits filed by individuals. If you experienced some type of loss because of a data breach, you should contact an experienced data breach attorney to determine whether to join a class action lawsuit or file an individual lawsuit against the company, non-profit organization, or government agency that committed one or more acts of negligence.
Since 1988, Morgan & Morgan has helped clients recover more than $15 billion in monetary damages for cases ranging from data breaches to personal injury incidents. Our team of data breach lawyers reviews your case to devise a strategy that helps you recover from financial losses. One option that we consider involves reaching a data breach lawsuit settlement with the other party. However, if we cannot reach a settlement agreement with the defendant, then we will not hesitate to file the proper documents that initiate a civil lawsuit.
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