Dee Miles, head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud section, has been named to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for the Multidistrict litigation (MDL) over a massive Home Depot data breach. Miles was appointed by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash in the Northern District of Georgia, who is overseeing the MDL.
The litigation involves consumer and financial institution plaintiffs who were affected by the incident, which compromised up to 56 million credit and debit card numbers. The cyberattack is believed to have occurred at Home Depot stores between April and September of 2014. The litigation was centralized by the U.S. Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in December 2014.
“This is very important litigation that exposes the critical flaws in the way credit and debit card systems operate in the United States,” Miles said. “Because Home Depot failed to maintain adequate computer data security, it exposed millions of people to the risk of fraud and identity theft, and violated their privacy rights. Unless something is fundamentally changed, consumers will continue to be at risk.”
Miles has a proven track record of leadership in MDL cases throughout the country. He has been selected by Federal Courts to leadership positions in previous MDL cases, and the firm has been selected to 17 different Plaintiff Steering Committees on MDLs ranging from the recent Toyota MDL to the BP MDL. He has also served as lead or co-lead counsel in national class actions. In May, Miles was named to the Financial Institution Cases Steering Committee for the Multidistrict litigation (MDL) surrounding the Target data breach.
He recently completed serving as lead counsel on behalf of eight separate states and their attorneys general (Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah) in the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) / Medicaid Fraud Litigation. This effort resulted in $1.5 billion to the states by way of settlements and judgments, and these cases have made a significant social change in the way our Medicaid program operates nationwide.
The case is In Re: The Home Depot Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, case number 1:14-md-02583, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.