First Lawsuit Filed in Barnes & Noble Hacked PIN Pad Case

Retailer said last week that PIN pads at seven Illinois stores had been compromised

A woman who allegedly had her credit card information stolen when she swiped her card at a compromised PIN pad at a north suburban Barnes & Noble filed a proposed federal class action lawsuit Monday against the bookstore.

Barnes & Noble Inc. said last week that PIN pads at 63 of its stores had been compromised, including seven stores in Illinois.

Susan Winstead claims she made frequent purchases at the Barnes & Noble in the 700 block of North Waukegan Road in Deerfield, including two purchases in August and one in the first week of September.

Near the end of September, a phone call from her credit card company alerted Winstead of a fraudulent purchase on her card, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The credit card company cancelled her card, the suit said.

The four-count suit claims willful violation of the fair credit reporting act, negligent violation of the fair credit reporting act, negligence and invasion of privacy by public disclosure of private facts.

The suit asks a judge to certify the class and seeks unspecified monetary damages plus attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses.

A representative for Barnes & Noble had no comment Monday evening.

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