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Keenan faces class-action suit over cyber breach

Keenan faces class-action suit over cyber breach

Keenan & Associates, a unit of AssuredPartners Inc., is facing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of clients alleging that the brokerage failed to implement sufficient cyber security measures and was too slow to disclose a 2022 data breach.

The suit, Matthew Rutledge, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated v. Keenan & Associates, was filed Feb. 2 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. It stems from a cyber breach last summer that Keenan notified affected individuals about on Jan. 26.  

The breach may have affected more than 1.5 million individuals.

The suit alleges the data breach “was a direct result of Keenan’s failure to implement adequate and reasonable cybersecurity procedures and protocols necessary to protect consumers’ Private Information.”

In addition, “Keenan has acknowledged that the cybersecurity attack occurred at various times between August 21, 2023, and August 27, 2023, but that it waited until January 26, 2024, to begin contacting Class Members,” the suit states.

The suit seeks statutory, actual, and punitive damages, attorneys fees and costs, and credit monitoring services, among other things.

Keenan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.