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Equifax has admitted that up to 143 million Americans were victimized by the data breach with their personal information (including name, addresses, trade lines, date of birth, social security number and in some instances driver’s license number) exposed to criminals.  Unlike with a data breach of a particular credit card number, there is no simple step to protect yourself.

Criminals can use the information not just to apply for credit, but to apply for income tax refunds, to obtain health care treatment without paying, or to obtain employment or government welfare benefits.  They could also try to access consumers’ bank accounts by calling banks and using the stolen information to pose as you so that the password can be reset.

This is a disaster.

Already there are a number of class actions that have been filed.  But those class actions will take years to resolve, with much of the initial time spent by attorneys jockeying for position to be the “lead counsel” on the consolidated cases.  In the end, because of their sheer size, members of the class can expect no more than nominal compensation such as free credit monitoring.

Therefore, the Lakeshore Law Center has decided to file individual cases on behalf of victims who are California residents.  A limited number of individuals, perhaps 50-100, will be consolidated together into a “mass” (not class) action.  The mass actions can proceed more swiftly and move toward a settlement much sooner.  In our 30 years of experience, we expect that an individual who joins a mass action with limited numbers of members will receive substantially more compensation and substantially sooner, than will the members of the class actions.

If you want to start or join the individual lawsuit, click toJOIN NOWand you will be screened for eligibility.

The Lakeshore Law Center will represent you on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless a recovery is obtained.