Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? Here's What You Can Do.

Photo source: AJC

Photo source: AJC

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the Atlanta-based credit bureau, Equifax, announced that hackers had potentially compromised the sensitive information of 143 million American consumers from a cyberattack that occurred between May and July. With Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, credit card information, addresses, and birthdates exposed to potential identity thieves, the Equifax data breach has affected an estimated 44% of the American population—meaning that you might be one of the millions of Americans affected.

With the surge of consumer worry after the data breach news, Equifax has introduced a temporary solution: the company is offering a one-year trial of its TrustedID product, providing the opportunity to sign-up for free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring on its website. However, there's a catch. By registering for this product and agreeing to TrustedID Premier's lengthy terms of service, customers are forfeiting their right to join a class action lawsuit in a court of law and right to a jury trial in exchange for use of the credit protection product, and after the one-year trial-period, customers will be charged "an unspecified amount" unless they go through with the cancellation process.

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The same day the cyberattack was announced, a class action lawsuit against Equifax was filed in federal court in Atlanta. The federal class action lawsuit claims that Equifax executives sold "hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock" prior to going public with the data breach and seeks "as-yet-unspecified damages for negligence, violations of federal Fair Credit Reporting Act laws and Georgia's Fair Business Practices Act statutes"

Akin & Tate, P.C. has experience in major national class actions concerning data breaches, with attorney W. Matthew Wilson serving as part of the leadership team in the class actions against Home Depot's 2014 major national data beach. In that suit, he helped recover $27 million on behalf of customers. Contact Akin & Tate, P.C. today if you are a victim of the 2017 Equifax data breach.


To determine if you're one of the millions of Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, please click here and fill out the brief form.

Flashback Friday: March 13, 2015

Flashback Friday: March 13, 2015

#FlashbackFriday

This plaque honoring Warren Akin I is near the railroad depot in Downtown Cartersville, and he certainly made headlines in his day. Here, he’s called a “lawyer-minister-politician.” The elder Akin began practicing law in 1836, and argued the first case before the Georgia Supreme Court in 1848. He was an ordained Methodist minister and a Trustee of Emory College. From 1861 to 1863, he served as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and as Confederate Congressman from 1864 to the end of the Civil War.

Lester Tate on Mega Firm Television Advertising

Lester Tate on Mega Firm Television Advertising

"I think one of the biggest things is that you're talking about lawyers who generate a high, high volume of cases, because you're selling your legal services the same way you sell Ginsu knives."

Akin & Tate, P.C. Wins 2014 Litigator Award

We are proud to be a 2014 Litigator Award Winner! Akin & Tate, P.C. ranks among the Top 1% of all lawyers for: Personal Injury Litigation.

 

"We're Not the Suing Kind"

"We're Not the Suing Kind"

If the walls of our law office could talk, what would they say? They would probably tell you that almost everyone who walks through our doors want's you to know that "they aren't the suing kind."  It's uttered as an apology; a way of explaining--as if an explanation were needed--what brings them to a lawyer's office. 

Lester Tate to Serve as Judicial Qualifications Commission's Chairman

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Akin & Tate partner and 48th President of the State Bar of Georgia, Lester Tate, will serve as JQC's chairman after Robert Ingram's second term, ending November 1, 2014. Formerly vice chairman of the seven-member JQC, Lester looks forward to leading the commission while continuing to represent Georgia residents in all of their legal needs. 

 

Read more about the Judicial Qualifications Commission's new leadership here.  

2014 WELTNER AWARD WINNERS

Lester Tate, Jeff Davis, Robert Ingram, Judge Brenda Weaver, Richard Hyde, Judge John Allen at the 2014 Weltner Dinner. Lester is part of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission won the Weltner Award from the First Amendment Foundation for its opinion on open courts. Congratulations!

Read more here: http://www.gfaf.org/weltner-award/

FAMILY OF HELEN SHOOTING VICTIM WONDER IF HIJAB TRIGGERED INCIDENT

LESTER INTERVIEWS WITH CARTERSVILLE DAILY TRIBUNE NEWS

“I think that deep down being a small town lawyer with a statewide or national reputation is now and has always been my dream.”

Check out Lester’s full interview with the The Daily Tribune News:

http://daily-tribune.com/bookmark/23929186-In-varied-career-Tate-strives-for-improvement

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT’S MAGISTRATE JUDGE MERIT SELECTION PANEL

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT’S MAGISTRATE JUDGE MERIT SELECTION PANEL

We’re very excited to announce that Lester Tate has been asked to serve on the United States District Court’s Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Northern District of Georgia!