Michaels Data Theft Class Action Lawsuit

Michaels arts and craft store data theft is now a class action lawsuit and your rights could be effected in your were  a Michaels store customer between February 8 and May 6, 2011.  Thieves obtainedthe personal financial data of thousands of customers by lifting their credit and debit card information from in-store PIN pads.  Customers claim that Michaels did not do enough to protect their privacy and that the popular arts and craft store is in violation of the Federal Stored Communications Act, the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act, and breach of contract. 

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois will have jurisdiction of the Michaels Data Theft Class Action Lawsuit.

The lawsuit states “Based on the email alert, Michaels apparently expects its victimized consumers to bear the fallout form its security breach, thereby thrusting upon the consumers a continuous burden of monitoring their bank accounts and credit histories,”… this lawsuit sounds like a messy one. 

Michaels alerted customers of the potential security breach on May 5th by email.  The email explained that you  “may have been” a victim of PIN-pad tampering and that some customer data “may have been” compromised.  Imagine waking up to that email message…