Lawsuit Filed in Arkansas Over Equifax Data Breach

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- A Hot Springs attorney is filing a class action lawsuit after a major data breach by one of the nation's three largest credit reporting agencies. 

Between mid-May and July personal information for 143 million Americans was released by the agency, putting them at risk for hackers to steal their identities.

"Whether or not there was willful activity by Equifax is a question that's going to have to be determined," says Annabelle Patterson, an attorney who specializes in consumer litigation.

Patterson is representing clients in Arkansas.  She says according to the information in the lawsuit, Equifax was aware of this breach at the end of July, but didn't make it known to the public until September 7th.

"Why did they not release that information immediately," Patterson wonders.

Michael Hoggard found out his information may have been compromised. 

"Too many companies in the digital age have already been hacked into by terrorists, by hackers which should say to all these big corporations beef up your security," says Hoggard.  "Beef up your firewalls.  Do whatever it takes to secure our private information."

To find out if your personal information may be at risk go to and click on the "Potential Impact" tab. 


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