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by Sharon D. Nelson Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Bryan Cave: Class Action Suit Follows Data Breach

June 28, 2023

Law.com reported on June 26 that Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been sued in a class action lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Illinois following a data breach reported by a client of the law firm.

Plaintiff Augustyn Wiacek, a former employee of snack-food maker Mondelez, brought the suit on behalf of himself and other current and former employees whose personal data were accessed by hackers in late February.

According to a data breach report by Mondelez on June 15, more than 51,000 current and former employees’ data were acquired by cybercriminals who successfully attacked Bryan Cave. According to the complaint, Bryan Cave was engaged in part to provide data and privacy advice.

Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, employee identification numbers and retirement plan information were acquired by the hackers.

The complaint was filed by the law firm Turke & Strauss of Madison, Wisconsin. The complaint focused on the three-month period between the hack and the breach report, saying the law firm breach left the employees vulnerable to identity theft.

Bryan Cave was accused of negligence, breach of implied contract, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and invasion of privacy. The firm declined to comment on the class action.

Hat tip to Dee Norman.

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
3975 University Drive, Suite 225, Fairfax, VA 22030
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Digital Forensics/Cybersecurity/Information Technology