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Beasley Allen Takes on AT&T in Data Breach Lawsuit 

April 23, 2024

Beasley Allen has initiated a class action lawsuit against telecommunications giant AT&T on behalf of customers affected by a recent cyberattack and consequent data breach.

The lawsuit represents Scott Mathews and potentially thousands of other AT&T customers who have had their personal information compromised.

The lawsuit, filed in response to what is described as AT&T’s failure to adequately protect customer data, alleges that sensitive information, including names, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, birth dates, account numbers, and passcodes, was left vulnerable to cybercriminals.

The breach came to light around March 31, when AT&T began notifying affected customers of a “security incident.” However, the lawsuit criticizes the telecom provider for not disclosing vital details about the breach, such as the specific timeline of the events and the reasons behind the delay of over three years in informing current and former customers about the cyberattack.

Plaintiffs argue that AT&T’s negligence has exposed them and many others to significant risks, with their private information now potentially in the hands of data thieves. This breach has raised concerns about AT&T’s security measures and their effectiveness in protecting customer data.

Considering these events, Beasley Allen is not only seeking compensation for those impacted by the breach but also urging AT&T to implement stricter security measures to prevent such incidents seeking compensation for those impacted by the breach and in the future. As the case progresses, it will likely shed more light on the extent of the data breach and the steps AT&T will need to take to restore customer trust.


Centre Water Contamination Suit Against 3M Dupont to Proceed

March 21, 2024

The trial, set to take place, was previously stayed to do a proposed MDL settlement for PFAS contamination in U.S. Public Water Systems.

The Water Works and Sewer Board of Centre, Alabama (Centre Water) can proceed with its lawsuit against 3M and DuPont for contaminating the Coosa River with toxic chemicals, namely PFAS.

The litigation, which was scheduled for trial in October 2023, was briefly stayed due to a proposed MDL settlement aimed at resolving claims for PFAS contamination in almost all U.S. Public Water Systems. The MDL settlement was approved by Judge Richard Gergel of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in February, which cleared the way for the remaining trials to proceed. Centre opted out of this settlement.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants’ past and present release of a class of toxic chemicals known as PFAS, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), has damaged Centre Water’s raw water source in the Coosa River Basin and exposed its customers to these dangerous chemicals, which have been linked to various cancers.

“We are pleased that the stay has been lifted in this case,” said Beasley Allen attorney Rhon Jones. “This is a significant step toward holding the defendants responsible for their actions and guaranteeing that customers have access to clean and safe drinking water. We will continue to pursue this case vigorously and fight for justice for the damage caused.”

These chemical compounds are manufactured by 3M and DuPont and sold to carpet mills in Georgia. There, the mills use PFAS to make carpet and textile products resistant to water, stains, and grease. This has led to the discharge of industrial wastewater containing PFAS, which resist degradation during treatment and contaminate the Conasauga River, which flows into the Coosa River. As a result, Centre Water has suffered economic and consequential damage, including costs for filtration, to remove the chemicals from drinking water and monitoring for PFAS levels. This lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages in order to allow Centre to remove these chemicals from its drinking water. Currently, the EPA has issued a lifetime health advisory recommending that drinking water should contain less than 4 parts per trillion of either PFOS and PFOA.

Other defendants in the case settled prior to trial for confidential amounts.

Along with Jones, Centre Water is represented by Matt Griffith, David Diab, Elliot Bienenfeld, Gavin King, Jeff Price, and Elizabeth Weyerman.

Toxic Exposure Lawyer Rhon Jones
Toxic Exposure Lawyer Matthew Griffith
Toxic Exposure Lawyer Elliot Bienenfeld
Toxic Exposure Lawyer Jeff Price
Gavin King
Elizabeth Weyerman

$1.25 Million Settlement For Client, 82, Seriously Injured In Atlanta Crash

March 05, 2024

Beasley Allen’s Atlanta office has secured a $1.25 million pre-suit settlement for a client who was unfortunately involved in a car crash resulting in serious and permanent injuries.

Atlanta (March 5, 2024) – Beasley Allen’s Atlanta office has secured a $1.25 million settlement for a client seriously injured in a car accident.

The crash occurred in November 2023 at the intersection of Ponce De Leon Avenue and Clifton Road in Atlanta. Our client, an 82-year-old woman, was a passenger in a vehicle hit by another car attempting to make a left turn.

Although our client was wearing a seatbelt at the time, the severity of the crash left her with multiple serious injuries including a broken sternum, broken spinal vertebrae (L2) and exacerbation of existing spondylolisthesis.

“Her 82-year-old body was subject to numerous tests, examinations, and above all – pain. She suffered three days in the hospital wondering if these injuries would permanently take her mobile and active life,” Principal Attorney Ken Wilson said.

In addition to receiving physical therapy for at least 16 weeks, our client faces an increased risk of paralysis if she falls, requiring she have in-home care.

“Our client must put full focus on physical therapy to strengthen herself so she can simply walk without pain like she did prior to this wreck – a goal, given her age, she may never attain. This also took away her confidence in caring for herself alone,” Beasley Allen Attorney Preston Moore said. “While no amount of money can fully undo the harm, this settlement will help our client move forward with the financial support she and her family need to continue her life.”

As part of the settlement, Allstate Insurance Company has agreed to pay $100,000 in medical damages.


$2.75 Million secured after bedridden Alabama man killed in electrical fire 

March 01, 2024

Beasley Allen has secured a $2.75 million settlement for the family of a man killed in a house fire caused by a defective product.

The tragic incident happened on Christmas Day in 2017. The victim had advanced Alzheimer’s and was bed-bound. He was being cared for by his certified nursing assistant in a north Alabama residence.

The fire happened after a short occurred in an electrical component of a medical bed accessory. Unfortunately, the family and caretakers inside the home during the fire could not reach the victim due to the heavy smoke.

Beasley Allen principal attorney Ben Locklar worked tirelessly on this case to hold the manufacturer accountable and bring justice to the victim’s family.

“We are pleased that we were able to secure this settlement for the family,” said Locklar. “Their loss is immeasurable, but we hope this outcome will bring them peace as they look for closure.”

Beasley Allen is a leading law firm fighting for justice for over four decades. The firm is dedicated to helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death and to holding those responsible for their actions.