The presiding judge in the Equifax data breach multidistrict litigation this week issued a harsh critique of frequent class action critic Theodore Frank, branding him a “serial objector” who “disseminated false and misleading information.”
In a 122-page order finalizing the Atlanta-based credit reporting agency’s $1.4 billion settlement with 147 million consumers over its 2017 data breach, Chief Judge Thomas Thrash of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta said Frank, director of the Center for Class Action Fairness at the Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute, a nonprofit in Washington D.C., “is in the business of objecting to class action settlements.” The judge added Frank’s objections in the Equifax case are similar to those he made—and that were rejected—in a data breach case involving the Target Corp.
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