Wendy’s Faces Class Action Lawsuit Following Security Breach

Lead plaintiff claims chain failed to use adequate safety measures to prevent the breach

Wendy’s reported its investigation of a data breach back in January.

Jonathan Torres, lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit, says Wendy’s is to blame for the security breach that affected numerous customers.

In the complaint filed in the Orlando Federal Court, Torres claims hackers used his debit card information to charge almost $600 worth of goods after a visit to Wendy’s, reports Courthouse News Service. He is suing Wendy’s for “negligence, breach of contract and violation of Florida's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.”

The complaint states, “Wendy's could have prevented this data breach. While many retailers, banks, and card companies responded to recent breaches by adopting technology that helps make transactions more secure, Wendy's has acknowledged that it did not do so.” Torres also notes that in addition to inadequate safety measures, the chain didn’t send notice of the breach to its customers fast enough.

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Torres is suing for damages and wants the court system to ensure sufficient security measures are put into place. A Wendy’s rep told The Daily Meal it could not elaborate on the lawsuit, citing the ongoing legal matter.