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VF Corporation – Data Breach Investigation

In this age of technology, amidst a world of encroaching cybersecurity threats, your personal information is more vulnerable than ever. Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel has the experience and expertise litigating data breach matters, providing compensation to victims of data breaches, and requiring businesses to enhance their data security practices to protect their consumers. If you think your information may have been compromised in a data breach, please call us at 312.782.4880 or reach us via email at lnichols@caffertyclobes.com. 

On December 13th, 2023, VF Corporation discovered a significant data security incident that potentially compromised highly sensitive personal information. This data breach resulted from an unauthorized party gaining access to their computer network. VF Corp. has verified that an undisclosed amount of personal data was stolen, they are actively investigating the matter. 

VF Corp. owns several well-known brands, including The North Face, Vans, Dickies, Timberland, and JanSport. The company employs more than 33,000 people and generates approximately $11.4 billion in annual revenue. Employees of VF Corp. or any subsidiaries are at potential risk of their information being compromised due to this breach.

While specific details regarding the breach have not been publicly disclosed by the company, it is suspected that personal information belonging to employees of VF Corp. and its subsidiaries, including The North Face, Vans, Dickies, Timberland, and JanSport, may have been compromised.  The impacted information could include Social Security numbers, health insurance details, phone numbers, email addresses, date of birth, annual income, tax information, residential addresses, financial account numbers, driver’s licenses, and more. 

VF Corp. data breach is a serious matter that could inflict far-reaching consequences for those affected. The exposure of personally identifiable information, especially names and Social Security numbers, poses a significant risk of identity theft, such as criminals opening financial accounts, taking out loans, filing fraudulent tax returns, and obtaining government services in the victim’s name. Personally identifiable information can also be exposed on the Dark Web, which poses a serious threat toward the privacy and safety of many individuals. According to a recent FTC survey, the total cost of identity theft is nearly $50 billion per year, with victims losing an average of nearly $5,000 from the misuse of their personal and financial information. The exposure of protected medical information can pose an even greater danger of identity theft—such as obtaining medical services in the victim’s name, which will be charged to the victim. 

The VF Corp. data breach may have exposed you to a heightened risk of fraud and identity theft. It is critical that you closely monitor your financial accounts. You could be at risk of incurring additional out-of-pocket costs for purchasing credit monitoring services, credit freezes, credit reports, or other protective measures to deter and detect identity theft.

Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel has the experience and expertise litigating data breach matters, providing compensation to victims of data breaches, and requiring businesses to enhance their data security practices to protect their consumers. If you have been employed by VF Corp. or any of its subsidiaries, encompassing well-known brands like The North Face, Vans, Dickies, Timberland, or JanSport, and you suspect your sensitive personal information may have been compromised, you must take action to protect both your personal and financial well-being. Please call us at 312.782.4880 or reach us via email at lnichols@caffertyclobes.com .

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December 19, 2023