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PurFoods Faces Lawsuit Over Massive Data Breach: Damages Sought

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PurFoods Faces Lawsuit Over Massive Data Breach: Damages Sought

In the heart of the American Midwest, a legal battle is brewing that could have far-reaching implications for companies holding sensitive customer data. The protagonists of this unfolding drama are Michael Douglas and Dorothy Goodon, two individuals who have found themselves at the center of a data breach involving PurFoods, LLC, a company doing business as Mom's Meals.

On January 16, 2023, cybercriminals infiltrated PurFoods' information systems, gaining unauthorized access to a trove of personal and medical information. The breach wasn't discovered until over a month later, on February 22, 2023, and the ensuing investigation confirmed the worst: highly sensitive data had been stolen.

The compromised data included full names, Social Security numbers, driver's license/state identification numbers, financial account and payment card information, medical information, health insurance information, and dates of birth. The sheer scope of the data breach is staggering, affecting not only Douglas and Goodon but potentially thousands of others as well.

"PurFoods failed to implement reasonable security protections and timely detect the breach," the lawsuit alleges. The company's handling of the breach, including the duration of the investigation and the delay in notification, is said to have exacerbated the harm to the plaintiffs and the class.

The lawsuit further alleges that PurFoods did not inform the public about its deficient data security practices, a move that could have potentially mitigated the damage caused by the breach. The company's alleged failure to protect customer data and promptly notify affected individuals has led to claims of negligence, recklessness, intentional misconduct, and unconscionable conduct.

The legal theories underpinning the lawsuit are rooted in a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act. The plaintiffs argue that PurFoods failed to comply with industry standards and did not fulfill its stated privacy policies and promises.

The damages sought by the plaintiffs and the class include the lost or diminished value of their private information, out-of-pocket expenses related to identity theft prevention and recovery, lost opportunity costs, time and charges associated with resolving unauthorized access, and the continued and increased risk of compromise to their private information.

As this case unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder of the importance of data security in today's digital age. Companies that collect and store sensitive customer data have a responsibility to protect that information from unauthorized access and to promptly notify affected individuals in the event of a breach. The outcome of this case could potentially set a precedent for future data breach lawsuits, making it a pivotal moment in the ongoing battle for data privacy.

Case Facts

  • Status:
    Lawsuit Filed
  • Case Number:
    4:23-cv-00332
  • Filing Date:
    September 1, 2023
  • Jurisdiction:
    U.S. District Courts
  • State:
    Iowa
  • Court:
    Iowa Southern District
  • Plaintiff:
    Dorothy Goodon; Michael Douglas
  • Defendant:
    PurFoods, LLC
  • Plaintiff Firm:
    Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Wesse P.C.
  • Defendant Firm:
  • Claims Administrator:
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