Target shoppers watch accounts as attorneys watch for damages - Tucson News Now

Target shoppers watch accounts as attorneys watch for damages

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local attorney said that this cause could make changes in Arizona law

Millions of Target shoppers got an unwelcome present this season. Miguel Cuevas was among them.

"While I was shopping down 4th Avenue, my cards began to decline and I wasn't clear of what was happening," Cuevas said.

Cuevas later found an email that told him he was among the debit card holders who might fall victim to hackers who took aim at Target. Now he's watching his accounts as he awaits a new card from Chase.

"This is in the middle of a huge shopping time for holiday gifts and so it was a huge inconvenience," he said.

"You've been harmed at least by having to get new cards, an inconvenience that you can't make withdrawals, limiting how you can use your own credit cards, these things without even further damage, to me, are the types of things that you would normally see in a class action," said attorney Barry Bellovin, Esq.

Bellovin said that he filed a suit years ago when medical records of thousands of people were stolen on computer hard drives. But the courts decided there were no damages from the theft and ruled against his clients. He said that people in other states now have cases against Target and if someone files here, it could show the courts in Arizona that they should reconsider what defines damages. And Bellovin said that this is about more than cashing in on a big case.

"When you hold accountable and responsible in a civil court those who are charged with the protection of this data, and they allow it to be breached and don't take reasonable steps to protect it, then what you're doing is simply encouraging anyone who has our data to be careful with it," he said.

"I think there's more information that needs to be released so that we know what has been compromised and what the scenarios or situation so that I can better protect myself as a consumer," Cuevas said.

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