SAN FRANCISCO – A North Carolina woman has filed a class-action suit against Yahoo! Inc. over allegations that the company did not do enough to protect its account holders from a data breach.

Maria Sventek filed a complaint individually and on behalf of others similarly situated on Sept. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Yahoo! Inc. alleging negligence, violation of the state's Data Breach Notification Law and other counts.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 22, the plaintiff and those similarly situated customers received notice from the defendant that the accounts of at least 500 million users had been compromised as a result of a 2014 data breach. The plaintiff alleges the incident resulted in injury to all members of the class, including loss of their personal information, loss of money, likelihood of identity theft and/or fraudulent purchases with ascertainable value. 

The plaintiffs hold Yahoo! Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to take adequate steps to protect the sensitive personal information of class members, failed to secure its network sufficiently, failed to disclose the nature and extent of the 2014 data breach and failed to provide adequate notice to all its affected customers in a timely manner.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek certify case as a class-action suit, appointment of representative and counsel, damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, attorney's fees, costs, interest and further relief as may be just. She is represented by Hank Bates of Carney Bates & Pulliam PLLC in Little Rock, Arkansas.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-05463

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