Calcaterra Pollack and George Gesten McDonald File Proposed Class Action in Wake of Warner Music Data Breach
On September 25, 2020, Calcaterra Pollack LLP and co-counsel George Gesten McDonald, PLLC filed a proposed class action against Warner Music Group Corporation (“Warner”) stemming from a major data breach that affected customers of Warner’s music and fan merchandise websites between April 25, 2020 and August 5, 2020. As part of this breach, an untold number of customers had their private information – including their credit card numbers and corresponding security codes – stolen as part of an ongoing hacking event. Warner operates thousands of websites that market these goods and services.
Disclosed to the public in early September, the data breach poses a real threat of significant damages to consumers, including the investment of their time and money to monitor and/or freeze their credit for years or decades to come – or worse yet, the prospect of actual identity theft through the sale of their private information on the Dark Web.
The complaint further alleges that Warner failed to follow industry standards and take adequate steps to safeguard against the type of data attack that occurred. Allegations include negligence, negligence per se, unjust enrichment and violations of New York’s state consumer protection laws.
The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and is captioned as Beardsley v. Warner Music Group Corp., Case No. 1:20-cv-07967.
Partner Janine Pollack and Senior Associate Justin Teres are Calcaterra Pollack’s attorneys of record on the case.