5 class-action lawsuits filed against Bloomington firm

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 10:11 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - A Bloomington-based company faces five class-action lawsuits filed since July, alleging it waited more than a year to notify people of a data breach of their personal information.

The federal lawsuits are from former employees and people in Illinois, Michigan, and Kentucky. An attorney believes there are victims all over the country.

Afni provides debt collection and customer growth services.

“They told the people, give us your confidential information and we will hold it secure,” said William B. Federman, an Oklahoma attorney who will be representing four of the alleged victims after a proposed consolidation.

The documents reveal that in June of 2021, Afni had a data breach of names, date of births, addresses and social security numbers of more than 260,000 people. However, it didn’t tell any of those people until more than a year later, according to the lawsuits.

“The clients are disappointed, they’re agitated, they are concerned,” said Federman.

Each suit alleges the company was negligent, breached an implied contract and violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

“Breaches should not occur,” Federman continued, “They generally happen to corporations when the companies do not spend the sufficient amount of money to secure.”

Victims claim they were not told why it took Afni more than a year to tell them their information was compromised.

“Waiting a year is outrageous. Something happened, somebody made a decision not to disclose this information,” said Federman.

The victims are seeking money and any other damages the judge would allow.

25 News Now reached out to Afni’s legal counsel and have not received a response.