The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Wednesday gave plaintiffs affected by the Wendy’s data breach until July 22 to amend their complaint to consolidate suits against Wendy’s into a single action and to add additional parties that are interested in participating. CUNA, which announced its participation in the lawsuit against Wendy’s this week, will join the consolidated action at that time.
There are currently a handful of cases, all similarly alleging that Wendy’s failed to comply with industry standards to protect payment card and customer data.
CUNA will join the consolidated action as the national trade association representing credit unions and welcomes credit unions and leagues who have an interest in participating to email DataBreachLawsuit@cuna.coop.
There they can communicate with counsel as to their particular situation, the impact the breach has had on them and any interest they may have in participating in the lawsuit.
Parties may wish to join the consolidated action immediately as named plaintiffs, or may instead wish to sign up as potential future plaintiffs to be part of a network of credit unions and leagues who will receive continued communication about the matter. The email address is a resource for both of those purposes.
Alternatively, credit unions and leagues who have been affected, but who may not wish to join as a named party now or in the future, may still wish to become part of the larger class at a later date.
In that case, there is no action that needs to be taken at this time.
The course any particular credit union or league should take will be individually based on their situation and counsel can walk through the course of all available options.