Marc Held, counsel for the Mirvis plaintiffs, told Law360 he was pleased with the court’s approval of consolidation.
“In the end, it remains our goal to uncover the extent of the massive data breach of our clients’ personal information, make sure this does not happen again and to bring justice to all of the victims,” Held told Law360.
Marc Held, counsel for the Butler, Mirvis and Froehlich plaintiffs, told Law360 he was pleased with the court’s decision, saying that it is in his clients’ best interests for their case to remain in the Eastern District of New York.
Calif. Geico Policyholders Ask Out Of Data Breach MDL By Daniel Tay Law360 (October 1, 2021, 5:44 PM EDT) — A proposed class of California Geico policyholders told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation that its suit stemming from the insurer’s data breach should not be centralized with four other suits as it pursues a unique state-law-based claim, making the California plaintiffs the lone holdout against centralization. Geico is facing five proposed class actions across the country, all stemming from a data breach in […]
Attorney Marc Held, who filed a suit last year to force the city to schedule the test, rejected that defense and said he’s prepared to take legal action again.
“With schools opening in-person in September, there is no reason why the specialized high school exam cannot be administered,” he said. “Parents are concerned that similar to last year, this year will be filled with disingenuous attempts to hold the exam in a timely manner, if at all.”
T-Mobile USA was hit with a data breach class action Friday in New York Eastern District Court in response to a breach that exposed the personal information of 7.8 million current customers and more than 40 million individuals who applied for credit with the company. The complaint, brought by Held & Hines, accuses the company of failing to take reasonable measures to protect the personal and financial information of class members. Counsel have not yet appeared for the defendant. The […]
Philip Hines of Held & Hines LLP, counsel for the policyholders, told Law360 on Wednesday that his clients personal information has already been used to fraudulently apply for unemployment benefits and obtain credit cards.
“In the coming days, weeks and months, this information will most certainly be used for other nefarious purposes and be readily available on the dark web, injuring them personally and financially for years to come,” Hines said. “Had Geico been as diligent protecting our clients’ personal information as they are in collecting our clients’ premiums, this would have never happened.”
NEW SUIT: Berkshire Hathaway and Geico were slapped with a data breach class action Wednesday in New York Eastern District Court. The lawsuit was filed by Held & Hines on behalf of current and former Geico customers who claim their driver’s license information was stolen in order to perpetuate a fraudulent unemployment benefits scheme. Counsel have not yet appeared for the defendants. The case is 1:21-cv-02210, Mirvis et al v. Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. et al.
“Via refuses to submit to arbitration, refuses to pay the costs to commence arbitration, and … the costs of arbitration are intentionally, absurdly and unnecessarily high compared to nearly any alternative,” attorney Marc Held noted in the legal filing.
“The refunds are disgraceful, considering the profits Vallo has made on the backs of these parents and the federal stimulus money the company received,” Held said. Public records show the Queens-based company got between $1 million and $2 million from the feds in April. “Many of the Bronx Science students come from the five boroughs, and are from poor, or low-income families, many who lost their jobs during COVID, and work hard just to be able to afford the transportation,” Held said.
Attorney Marc Held [of held & Hines, LLP], who represents the parents in the suit, called the mayor’s announcement a “ruse.”
“By not scheduling a date, it is in essence canceled. That remains the mayor’s ultimate goal,” Held said.
City Hall knew the suit would be filed and set the registration dates to avoid bad publicity, the suit claims.