Cardholders File Class Action Against Heartland Payment Systems

Cardholders File Class Action Against Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. For Loss of Credit and Debit Card Data; Filed By Berger & Montague, P.C.

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On January 29, 2009, the law firm of Berger & Montague, P.C. (www.bergermontague.com) filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on behalf of all cardholders in the U.S. whose credit or debit card data was stolen from Heartland Payment System, Inc.’s payment processing network. Heartland processes credit and debit card transactions for more than 150,000 merchants nationwide.

The lawsuit seeks to redress Heartland’s failure to safeguard cardholder data, which was accessed and stolen by a computer hacker. Compromised information included credit and debit card numbers and card expiration dates. According to several media reports, 100 million card numbers may have been affected. Fraudulent activity has occurred on some of those cards.

Data thieves reportedly installed malicious software on Heartland’s payment processing network as early as May 2008. In late fall 2008, Visa and MasterCard alerted Heartland to suspicious activity on cards that Heartland previously processed. Heartland later announced that in mid-January 2009 it located and contained malicious software on its network. The lengthy delay between when the intrusion began and when it was contained reflects the inadequacy of Heartland’s security measures and intrusion detection systems.

Because of Heartland’s inadequate data security, cardholders have had their card information compromised, have been exposed to the risk of fraud, have spent and will spend time to monitor their accounts and dispute fraudulent charges, and have suffered other economic damages.

ABOUT OUR FIRM: Berger & Montague consists of over 60 attorneys who primarily represent plaintiffs in class action litigation. The firm has extensive experience in data breach, consumer fraud, securities fraud, and antitrust litigation. We have played lead roles in major cases over the past 30 years, resulting in recoveries of several billion dollars for class members. We were Co-Lead Counsel in a data breach class action against TJX Companies, Inc, owner of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, A.J. Wright, and HomeGoods, stemming from the then-largest theft of credit card information in history. That case settled in 2008 for benefits valued at over $200 million.

If you received notice from your card-issuing bank or credit union that your card data was compromised from the Heartland breach, and you would like to discuss your legal rights, please contact:

Sherrie R. Savett, Esq.

Michael T. Fantini, Esq.

Jon Lambiras, Esq.

Diane Werwinski, Paralegal

Berger & Montague, P.C.

1622 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 888-891-2289 or 215-875-3000

Fax: 215-875-4604

Email: dwerwinski@bm.net

Web: www.bergermontague.com

SOURCE Berger & Montague, P.C.