The chief federal judge of Georgia’s Northern District has begun corraling hundreds of lawsuits filed against Equifax over a massive data breach last year into two separate tracks for consumer and business claims.

In his first steps managing the Equifax matter, U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. took a page from the multidistrict litigation against Atlanta-based Home Depot, over which he presided. The Home Depot case stemmed from a similar but less far-reaching data breach that also exposed customers’ financial and personal information to the dark web.

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