Plaintiffs’ lawyer Jay Edelson slams $380 million Equifax deal in amicus brief at 11th Circuit

(Reuters) – Jay Edelson is a class action plaintiffs’ lawyer who specializes in privacy cases. His eponymous firm has had a lead role in some of the biggest cases of the past few years, including a $650 million biometric privacy settlement with Facebook in 2020 and a 2019 jury verdict of more than $900 million in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against the telemarketer ViSalus. Edelson has a powerful interest, in other words, in the integrity of the class action system.

He claims that Equifax’s $380.5 million data breach settlement undermines public faith in that system, accusing the judge and class counsel of adding to cynicism about the benefits of class actions.