The Interview may have been pulled and the North Koreans may be behind the ravaging hack that has hit Sony, but the lawsuits continue. In the space of as many days, the studio this week has been whacked with a third class action from former employees over the massive and revealing data breach that has left tens of thousands of Social Security numbers, medical records, emails and other personal information out on the World Wide Web.
Like the other two lawsuits, this one is seeking a variety of damages to be determined at trial for violation of California privacy laws and negligence plus reclassification to include other past and present Sony Pictures Entertainment employees. “Plaintiffs allege that SPE failed to adequately safeguard its current and former employees’ personal information, including Social Security numbers, medical records, and financial information, in compliance with applicable law,” says the 4-claim complaint filed December 17 (read it here).
Added to that, plaintiffs Joshua Forster and Ella Carline Archibeque aren’t really happy at all with how Sony has handled the actual hack for the people who work there and have worked there in the past.
“Since the breach SPE has focused its remediation efforts on securing its intellectual property from pirates and a public relations campaign directed at controlling the damage associated with the release of embarrassing internal emails,” says the jury trial-seeking complaint filed in federal court. “Meanwhile, SPE delayed confirming the data breach for a week and left its employees in the dark about the scope of the breach, how they and their families were impacted, and what steps SPE is taking to remedy or mitigate the breach,” the 27-page filing adds.
Denver based Forster worked at Sony in 2013 as a system administrator intern while LA-based Archibeque was there was at the studio from around 2002 to 2009 in the visual effects department. The duo are repped by Daniel Girard and Matthew George of San Francisco firm Girard Gibbs LLP.
At some point, all three proposed class actions might be melded into one lawsuit, but regardless, there are likely more to come before then.