P.F. Chang’s Breach Sparks Lawsuit

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro announced earlier in June 2014 that 7 million of its customers’ credit and debit card numbers were stolen in a security breach. After an internal investigation, it was confirmed that the breach had occurred as far back as Sept. 2013.

A lawsuit headed by lead plaintiff John Lewert was initiated, in which Lewert claims that P.F. Chang’s failed to notify its customers of the breach for nine months. However, P.F. Chang’s claims that it discovered the breach only days before its public confirmation.

According to Lewert’s statement, P.F. Chang’s is responsible for the security breach because “the security breach was caused and enabled by P.F. Chang’s knowing violation of its obligations to abide by best [security] practices…all in an effort to save money by cutting corners on security measures that could have been prevented or mitigated by the security breach that occurred.”

Lewert wants the restaurant to fund three years of free credit monitoring service for all those affected, as well as be held responsible for violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and the breach of implied contract.

Read more about the details of Lewert’s lawsuit here.

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John is Corporate Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Sontiq, the parent company of the EZShield and IdentityForce brands. He is a Certified Compliance...
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