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VTech sued after databases hacked, allegedly exposing children's information

By Robbie Hargett | Dec 17, 2015


CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Washington man is suing a manufacturer of electronic learning products for children after its databases were hacked.

Ken Tittle, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit Dec. 3 in the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois against VTech Electronics North America, alleging violations of data breach statues, violations of the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act and its Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, breach of implied contract, negligence and unjust enrichment.

According to the complaint, Tittle bought VTech products and registered for and utilized the Kid Connect service through the products. In doing so, Tittle, like others in the class, had to provide personal and sensitive data about himself and his family to VTech.

On Nov. 14, the suit states, an unauthorized party hacked VTech's databases and obtained consumers' personal and sensitive information, including children's profiles. VTech has acknowledged its data security was inadequate and has suspended use of its Kid Connect services.

Tittle and others in the class seek actual, statutory, and punitive damages, restitution and disgorgement, interests, attorney fees and costs of the suit. They are represented by attorney Matthew T. Hurst of Heffner Hurst in Chicago, attorney Christopher S. Hinton of the Hinton Law Firm in New York City, and by attorneys Laurence M. Rosen and Phillip Kim of the Rosen Law Firm in New York City.

Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois Case number 1:15-CV-10889

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