Dan Harkins Jul. 20, 2015, 12:48pm


A couple is filing a class action lawsuit against a major insurance agency, alleging failure to protect against a recent hacking breach of security for 80 million customers.

Stephen and Beryl Fisse, for their minor daughter, filed a lawsuit June 17 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Anthem Inc. and the Anthem Cos. Inc.

The complaint states this class action is for all previous and present Anthem customers who had personal data stolen hackers, allegedly due "to Anthem's failure to adhere to reasonable, industry-standard practices."

On Feb. 4, 2015, the suit says, Anthem announced its information breach, specifically the personal data of about 80 million former and current insurance plan customers, including their Social Security numbers, street addresses, birthdays, email addresses, employment information and income, the lawsuit states.

The plaintiffs seek to classify this case as a class action and appoint the plaintiffs as representatives of the class and its counsel as class counsel, as well as to enter a judgement against the defendants for cited negligent misrepresentations, breaches of implied and express contracts and unjust enrichment.

Stephen and Beryl Fisse seek compensatory, statutory and punitive damages, plus attorney fees and court costs. They are represented by attorneys Arthur M. Murray, Stephen B. Murray Sr. and Amanda K. Klevorn of Murray Law Firm in New Orleans. 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-02189-JTM-KWR.

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