PITTSBURGH - An Erie man and a Fairless Hills woman have filed a class action lawsuit against Equifax Inc. and Equifax Credit Information Services Inc. over allegations the credit reporting agencies failed to take adequate steps to protect consumers' personal information.

Leslie Whipper and Roberta Serafine filed a complaint on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Sept. 13 against Equifax Inc. and Equifax Credit Information Services Inc., citing the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege they were damaged from having their personal information stolen in the defendants' May to July data breach.

The plaintiffs hold Equifax Inc. and Equifax Credit Information Services Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to implement sufficient safety measures to protect the personal information of the plaintiffs from their system.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek injunction against the defendants; compensatory, consequential, incidental and statutory damages; restitution and disgorgement; monetary relief; court costs; interest and any further relief the court grants. They are represented by Saba Bireda, Jeremy Heisler, Andrew Melzer and Kevin H. Sharp of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 1:17-cv-00248-SPB

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