Breach Of Privacy And Data

A data breach at a major retail store can cost millions of dollars and cause lasting damage to a company's reputation and a consumer's credit. The law firm of Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP (SFMS) represents businesses (including banks, insurers and other financial institutions) and consumers who have been harmed by data breaches.

With offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as an extensive international network (www.iaginternational.org), our attorneys handle data breach litigation across the United States and around the globe. For a discussion of your legal options after a data breach, contact Natalie Finkelman Bennett (nfinkelman@sfmslaw.com) or SFMS Managing Partner, Nathan Zipperian (nzipperian@sfmslaw.com), to arrange a consultation with one of our lawyers. Our attorneys travel throughout the United States and beyond to address our clients' needs in this emerging area.

Representing Banks, Insurers And Other Businesses

Banks and insurers are often hurt the most when credit card data is stolen from a retail store. Banks incur costs, both from fraudulent charges and from the expenses of issuing new credit cards. Likewise, insurers often suffer significant losses as a result of such conduct. SFMS has recovered millions of dollars from retail stores that failed to protect credit card data.

Our lawyers also represent businesses that have suffered economic harm due to data breaches.

What Can I Do To Protect Myself As A Consumer?

Customers are not responsible for fraudulent activity on their credit cards as long as it is reported on a timely basis. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Customers are not likely to be contacted by their financial institutions regarding a data breach. As a result, you should be wary of email and telephone calls from people who claim they represent businesses or banks and are seeking personal information.
  • Trade associations recommend that consumers monitor their credit card statements and contact their financial institutions by phone immediately if they spot any unusual activity.
  • State attorney general offices generally recommend that anyone who is concerned that their credit card may be compromised simply cancel the card and request a new one.

As a consumer, you may be entitled to free credit report monitoring or other compensation, depending on the law in your state. Our law firm represents consumers in class action lawsuits against companies that failed to protect their personal data. For more information about your options after a data breach, call 866-540-5505 to arrange a consultation with one of our attorneys or email Natalie Finkelman Bennett (nfinkelman@sfmslaw.com) or SFMS Managing Partner Nathan Zipperian (nzipperian@sfmslaw.com). Our attorneys travel throughout the United States and beyond when our expertise is needed on-site.