The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that at least six lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed in federal court in Philadelphia. “The data breach was the inevitable result of Wawa’s inadequate data security measures and cavalier approach to data security,” said one suit, filed by the law firm Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith, of Haverford.
A Wawa spokesman declined to comment on the pending litigation. The breach affected all stores, which stretch along the East Coast from Pennsylvania to Florida. In-store payments and payments at fuel dispensers were affected, but cash machines were not.
Wawa has said it will offer free credit card monitoring and identity theft prevention services to anyone whose information might have been collected. Police are investigating, and the company has also hired a forensics firm to conduct an internal investigation.