Data Breach Lawsuits Filed, Dismissed and Settled
Brinker International Inc. faces a putative class action alleging hackers stole customers’ personally identifiable information (PII) from point-of-sale systems at Chili’s Grill & Bar in April and May 2018. Steinmetz v. Brinker Int’l, Inc, No. 18-0981 (D. Nev., filed May 30, 2018). The plaintiff seeks damages, an injunction and attorney’s fees for negligence and alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Nevada consumer-protection law.
Wendy’s International LLC has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that a similar point-of-sale breach exposed customers’ PII at more than 1,000 locations nationwide. Jackson v. Wendy’s Int’l LLC, No. 16-0210 (M.D. Fla., entered May 25. 2018). The lawsuit was previously dismissed, then an amended complaint proceeded. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
An Illinois federal court dismissed a putative class action without prejudice after the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed claims related to a data breach of Panera Bread Co.’s customer records because none of them were affected by a “white hat” hacking incident. Boykin v. Panera Bread Co., No. 18-2461 (N.D. Ill., entered June 5, 2018).