Friday, May 6, 2011

$3.5 Billion suit filed against state comptroller for release of sensitive information

 By Tonya Peters, Backgate Website

Attorney Muhammad Aziz

The Houston Chronicle reported this morning that an attorney has filed the suit as a class action on behalf of the 1.2 million state of Texas employees, to include TDCJ, that were affected by the leak of everything from home addresses, and social security numbers.

"We are seeking the $1,000 statutory penalty for each of these individuals whose privacy was violated by the Comptroller," said attorney Muhammad Aziz, of the Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto and Friend law firm. The named plaintiff is Sherry A. McClung, a Lufkin school teacher stated the Chronicle.

Susan McCombs, the Texas comptroller, has stated that she is deeply sorry for the mistake that left the information online for viewing for over a year, and says that changes have been made to prevent it from happening again.



  1. That is so great, but it should be more what is your identity worth.

  2. If you are a member of TRS or ERS, how smart is it to be suing the state when your boss is in the middle of a budge crunch?

  3. According to the article, the named plaintiff works for a school district. Just like most of us, her supervisors are unnamed plaintiffs in the same lawsuit. The unnamed plaintiffs who opt out will probably go with a different law firm. The law firm will make out handsomely, and the settlement will leave very little compensation for most of the plaintiffs.

  4. Budget crunch, bull. The state of Texas is a rich oil state. Cough up oil money Mr. Goodhair.