Lewert v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc., No. 14-cv-04787 (N.D. Ill., filed Jun. 25, 2014).
Kosner v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc., No. 14-cv-04923 (N.D. Ill,, filed June 30, 2014).
On June 10, 2014, the U.S. Secret Service informed P.F. Chang’s that credit and debit cards had been stolen from some of its restaurants. News broke of the breach on June 11, and the company publicly acknowledged the breach on June 12. The extent of the breach has not been announced but some reports estimate that more than 7 million cards could have been compromised over a period of approximately nine months. The restaurant has not yet notified affected customers. John Lewert, a P.F. Chang’s customer, filed a putative class action on behalf of customers nationwide alleging that by failing to safeguard credit and debit card data, the restaurant breached an implied contract and violated various consumer protection statutes. Lucas Kosner filed a competing identical action two weeks later.