|[January 27, 2014]
Hagens Berman Investigates Credit-Card Data Breach at Neiman Marcus Stores
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a consumer-rights law firm, today
announced it is investigating a breach of customer data at Neiman Marcus
stores following the chain's disclosure on January 13, 2014, that its
Point of Sale (POS) system and more than 1.1 million debit and credit
cards may have been compromised.
The company disclosed that hackers installed malicious software on its
systems, and stole customer card information from July 16, 2013, to Oct.
Hagens Berman is investigating whether Neiman Marcus was negligent and
may have violated consumer protection laws in failing to secure its
systems and protect its customers' information, and is responsible for
customer losses and expenses due to fraudulent use of customer credit
card accounts and exposure to identity theft.
"This breach lasted more than three months, far longer than the Target (News - Alert)
breach, and in all that time, it appears Neiman Marcus never even
suspected its systems were compromised," said Tom Loeser, a Hagens
Berman Partner and former federal prosecutor in the Cyber and
Intellectual Property Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorneys Office in Los
Angeles. "We think that Neiman Marcus fundamentally failed not just to
stop the breach, but more importantly to monitor its systems and spot
the problem. Instead, we believe that Neiman Marcus only discovered that
it systems were compromised after government agents alerted it to look
for specific markers following the Target breach."
Hagens Berman filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Target after
discovering that the nation's second largest retailer, along with a host
of other national retailers, had been specifically warned of POS system
vulnerabilities in a 2007 white paper by security expert Dr. Neal
Krawetz. Hagens Berman's lawsuit against Target alleges that the retail
giant failed to take adequate steps to safeguard its customers' data and
failed to timely detect and stop the intrusion that resulted in the
compromise of up to 110 million customer accounts.
Concerned consumers who made purchases at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf
Goodman, or Last Call stores during the affected period are encouraged
to contact a Hagens Berman attorney by emailing NeimanMarcus@hbsslaw.com
or calling (206) 623-7292.
Additional information about the investigation is available at http://www.hbsslaw.com/cases-and-investigations/Neiman-Marcus.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law
firm with offices nine cities. The firm has been named to the National
Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot List seven times. More about the law firm
and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com.
The firm's class-action law blog is located at www.classactionlawtoday.com.
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