Sep 28, 2021

Litigation Update: T-Mobile Files Stay Motion in Georgia Data Hack Lawsuit

Posted by : Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

On September 21, wireless carrier T-Mobile filed a motion asking a Georgia federal judge to stay the proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia pending a ruling by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) on an August 23 request to transfer for consolidated or coordinated pretrial proceedings. In the motion, T-Mobile cited the need for coordination of the various data hack lawsuits that have been filed following a massive data breach in July of the personal data of more than 50 million T-Mobile users:

The need for coordination of these actions is compelling: the various proposed nationwide and statewide classes are overlapping and involve millions of potentially impacted persons; the complaints contain similar allegations arising from the same cyberattack; and similar pretrial matters will be presented in each case. Moreover, the actions have been filed in jurisdictions as far apart as the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of New York. Given the strong likelihood that these cases will be transferred into an MDL, the need for a stay of this action to promote the purposes of coordinated MDL treatment is equally compelling.

On its website, T-Mobile stated:

On August 17, T-Mobile learned that a bad actor illegally accessed and/or acquired personal data.

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