Barrett Vahle Appointed Co-lead in Dominion National Insurance Company Data Breach Case


Partner Barrett Vahle has been appointed co-lead and interim class counsel for the class action litigation stemming from a major data breach at Dominion National Insurance Company. The appointment was announced Nov. 1 by the Hon. Leonie M. Brikema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The lawsuit alleges that from August 2010 to April 2019, hackers exploited vulnerabilities in Dominion National’s databases to access the personal, financial and medical information of 2.9 million patients. The nine-year period in question is considered one of the longest uncovered breach periods ever.

The compromised information includes names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers, member ID numbers, group numbers, subscriber numbers, and, in some instances, bank account and routing numbers. More information on the lawsuit is available here.

Vahle is among the country’s most experienced attorneys in data privacy and cybsersecurity litigation. He was co-lead consumer counsel in multidistrict litigation against Home Depot after a data breach exposed payment card information for 50 million shoppers, and currently serves on the plaintiffs’ team that achieved a landmark proposed settlement in the Equifax data breach.

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