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Multiple lawsuits filed following Michaels breach

Breach affected more than a dozen banks

Monday, June 20, 2011
Institutions Trying to Stop Michaels DamageA second lawsuit has now been filed against craft retailer Michaels, as the fallout from its recent data breach continues to spread.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, alleges that the chain did not take proper precautions to safeguard customers' data. The plaintiff in the case, Mary Allen of Libertyville, Illinois, said more than $1,000 had been stolen from her bank account as a result of the breach, Credit Union Times reports.

The lawsuit seeks more than $5 million in overall damages.

The investigation into the incident, which involved point-of-sale terminals at least 20 states has continued to grow, as more consumers have discovered unusual activity on their accounts.

Experts warn that consumers who have used their debit or credit cards to make a purchase at a Michaels location within the past several months should keep an eye on their accounts to determine whether they were affected by the fraud scheme.

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