Geico Data Breach Leads to Class-Action Lawsuit

Plaintiffs Alexander Mirvis, Betty Butler and Lainie Froehlich filed a class action complaint against defendant Geico over a recent data breach that compromised the Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card numbers and driver’s license numbers of current and former customers. The complaint, which was filed with U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York on April 21, alleges that Geico and its parent company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., failed to shield personal customer data from cybercriminals and that the breach could have been avoided through security measures, training and authentications.

According to information provided in the complaint, Geico announced by letter on or about April 9, 2021, that cybercriminals obtained sensitive customer information through the company’s online sales system between November 24, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Mirvis, Butler and Froehlich allege that, as a result, their identities have already been used to file for erroneous unemployment claims and to obtain credit cards.

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