BOSTON, Feb. 29 /CNW/ -- A notification program began today in the United
States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as ordered by the United States District
Court for the District of Massachusetts, to alert people who made a purchase
or return to a TJX store about a proposed settlement reached with The TJX
Companies, Inc. and Fifth Third Bancorp ("Defendants") in a class action
lawsuit against them about the computer system intrusions into personal and
financial information at TJX retail stores. The settlement provides benefits
to those shoppers who may have been damaged in some way.
The lawsuit challenges TJX's prior retention of customers' personal
information on its computer system. Plaintiffs claim that Defendants failed to
adequately safeguard those systems and, as a result, unauthorized people
gained access to customers' personal information. The Defendants deny that
they did anything wrong, and the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing
or an indication that any law was violated.
The Class includes everyone in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada
who made a purchase or return at a T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx 'n More,
Marshalls MegaStore, The Maxx, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright, Winners or HomeSense,
believe their personal or financial data was stolen or placed at risk of being
stolen from TJX's computer systems, and think they were damaged from it. This
includes those who made returns without a receipt and were previously notified
by TJX that their name, address and driver's license or military, state or tax
identification number were compromised.
Notices informing members of a portion of the settlement Class about
their legal rights will be mailed, and otherwise are scheduled to appear in
newspapers and/or magazines all over the United States, Canada, and Puerto
Rico leading up to a hearing on July 15, 2008, when the Court will consider
whether to approve the settlement.
The Court has appointed Ben Barnow, Barnow and Associates, P.C. of
Chicago, Illinois; Lester L. Levy, Wolf Popper LLP of New York, New York; and
Sherrie R. Savett, Berger & Montague, P.C., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as
Settlement Class Co-Lead Counsel to represent the Class.
Those affected by this settlement can send in a claim form to ask for
benefits, if eligible, or they can ask to be excluded from, or object to, the
settlement and its terms. The deadline for exclusions and objections is June
24, 2008. The earliest deadline to file claims is May 29, 2008.
A toll-free number, 1-866-523-6770, has been established in the case
(called In re TJX Companies Retail Security Breach Litigation, Civil Action,
No. 07-10162, MDL No. 1838) along with a website, www.TJXsettlement.com, where
notices, claim forms, and the settlement agreement may be obtained. Those
affected may also write to TJX Settlement, PO Box 3775, Portland, OR 97208-
For further information:
For further information: Ben Barnow of Barnow and Associates, PC, (312)
621-2000; Defendant: Sherry Lang, Sr. Vice President, Investor and Public
Relations of The TJX Companies, Inc., (508) 930-2323; Web Site: