22 Apr, 2015, 03:49 ET
REDLANDS, Calif., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of McCuneWright, LLP, together with other prominent law firms, has filed a national class action federal lawsuit in the Northern District of California on behalf of consumers against Intuit, Inc., the maker of the popular TurboTax software that is used by consumers to electronically file an estimated 29 million tax returns every year. This lawsuit alleges that Intuit facilitated the filing of thousands of fraudulent tax returns by cybercriminals and fraudsters by failing to take necessary precautions in safeguarding its customers' most personal and sensitive information. Further, this lawsuit alleges that Intuit facilitated the fraudulent filings by failing to utilize reasonable security measures to prevent cybercriminals and fraudsters from filing fraudulent tax returns through TurboTax.
The lawsuit comes after several significant events in early 2015. Because of the issue of the surge in fraudulent tax filings through TurboTax, on February 5, 2015, Intuit announced that it had halted TurboTax's e-filing of tax returns for approximately 24 hours. In addition, former employees have publicly accused Intuit of having lax security to protect its profitable program. It is reported that state and federal authorities are investigating the fraudulent filings through TurboTax. In apparent response, Intuit is reported to have changed its security measures to implement a two-step authentication for customers. The lawsuit alleges the failure to implement this type of enhanced security measures earlier may have contributed to the fraudulent filings. The lawsuit further alleges that because of the well known data breaches from other companies involving millions of customers, Intuit should have been on heightened alert and implemented strict security measures much sooner.
Plaintiffs allege that Intuit's conduct violates California law and in addition to seeking damages, seeks an injunction requiring Intuit to implement stricter cybersecurity measures to adequately safeguard its customers' most sensitive personal and financial data in the future. The lawsuit can be accessed at www.mccunewright.com.
CONTACT: Jack Boren
Phone: (909) 557-1250
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