SHERMAN – Two North Texas residents have filed a class action lawsuit in response to the alleged Equifax security breach, according to recent Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas records.

Samantha and Joshua Woods, of Denton, claim in court papers filed on Sept. 19 that the Atlanta-based credit bureau failed to protect and secure consumers’ personal identifying information. Per the 34-page complaint, the failure resulted in Woods and nearly 140 million other people falling victim to the breach, which Equifax publicly acknowledged earlier this month.

“Rather than timely disclose its data breach, Equifax waited almost six weeks to publicly disclose the occurrence,” the original petition says. “In the interim, three Equifax executives sold some $1.8 million of Equifax stock.”

The suit further asserts that the respondent experienced several data breaches between 2013 and 2016 though the company knew of its vulnerability.

The Woods say that the value of their PII diminished, and they are rendered susceptible to future fraud, identity theft and misuse.

Consequently, the complainants and their class counterparts seek unspecified monetary damages.

They are represented by attorneys Shane F. Langston of the law firm Langston & Langston, PLLC and Stephen C. Maxwell of Bailey & Galyen in Fort Worth.

Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-0660

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