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Class Action Suit Filed for Data Breach

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According to an article by Jaikumar Vijayan, which appeared in the August 20th edition of Computerworld, a San Francisco-based law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) and its subsidiary Certegy Check Services over an incident that may have compromised the personal data of 8.5 million consumers.

The lawsuit does not seek specific damages, but it accuses FIS (a transaction processor and outsourcing provider to the financial services sector) and Certegy (a provider of check verification services to retailers) of negligence, invasion of privacy, and breach of implied contract.

Although legal experts have been warning retailers for some time now that they could become targets of such lawsuits in data breach incidents, few lawsuits have been filed and even fewer have been won by consumers. According to experts, plaintiffs in such cases usually have a difficult time establishing and proving a direct link between a data breach and identity theft or other type of fraud.

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