Equifax turns to King & Spalding to defend data breach class actions

US firm's chief privacy officer brought in for credit-scoring company's legal defence

Equifax has turned to King & Spalding chief privacy officer Phyllis Sumner to serve as lead defence counsel in more than 70 class actions brought over its massive data breach, according to sources familiar with the litigation.

Sumner, a partner in the US firm’s Atlanta office, is head of the data security and privacy practice at the firm and has represented Equifax in other class actions. She also represented Home Depot in settlements over its 2014 data breach.

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