Quora user affected by data breach alleges he faces a risk of fraud and identity theft

By Bree Gonzales | Feb 8, 2019

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A social media company is alleged to have failed to protect its users information from a data breach.

Rick Musgrave filed a complaint on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated on Jan. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Quora Inc. alleging violation of California's Unfair Competition Law and other counts.

According to the complaint, the defendant's website experienced a data breach in December 2018 that affected 100 million users. The plaintiff alleges his account was one of the accounts affected by the breach and that now he faces a "heightened, imminent risk of fraud, identity theft and financial harm."

The plaintiff holds Quora Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to maintain reasonable security procedures and practices and failed to detect the data breach in a timely manner.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, statutory damages and/or restitution in amounts to be determined by the court and/or jury; punitive damages; injunctive relief enjoining the illegals acts detailed in the suit; prejudgment interest on all amounts awarded; attorneys’ fees and expenses and costs of suit. He is represented by L. Timothy Fisher, Joel D. Smith, Thomas A. Reyda and Blair E. Reed of Bursor & Fisher PA in Walnut Creek, California.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 5:19-cv-00566-NC 

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