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Uber customer alleges he was subjected to risk of identity theft because of data breach

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 8, 2018


ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – A Georgia man alleges that he and other consumers were subjected to injury from the risk of identity theft, credit and reputational injury as a result of an Uber data security breach.

James Woods filed a complaint individually and as representatives of the class on March 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Uber Technologies Inc. alleging breach of fiduciary duties and other counts.

According to the complaint, "on or about Nov. 21, 2017, Uber publicly acknowledged that it paid hackers at least $100,000 to conceal the existence of the data security breach, which occurred over a year earlier, in October, 2016." The plaintiff alleges Uber failed to comply with security standards and allowed both the information of drivers and customers to be compromised.

The plaintiff holds Uber Technologies Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly breached its fiduciary duties to the plaintiff when it failed to store, monitor and protect his information in an adequate manner.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant; certification of the nationwide class; equitable relief; permanent injunction; nominal, compensatory, and/or punitive damages; restitution and/or disgorgement of profits; interest; attorneys’ fees; costs and expenses; and other relief as the court deems just. 

He is represented by Archie I. Grubb II of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC in Montgomery, Alabama.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia case number 1:18-cv-929

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