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Court to Notify Those Who Made a Purchase or a Return at a TJX Store about a Class Action Settlement

Posted: February 29, 2008
By: PRNewswire
Source: The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Practice Areas: Consumer Protection

Court to Notify Those Who Made a Purchase or a Return at a TJX Store about a Class Action Settlement

BOSTON, Feb. 29 , 2008/PRNewswire/ -- A notification program began today in
the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as ordered by the United States
District Court for the District of Massachusetts, to alert people who made
a purchase or return to a TJX store about a proposed settlement reached
with The TJX Companies, Inc. and Fifth Third Bancorp ("Defendants") in a
class action lawsuit against them about the computer system intrusions into
personal and financial information at TJX retail stores. The settlement
provides benefits to those shoppers who may have been damaged in some way.

The lawsuit challenges TJX's prior retention of customers' personal
information on its computer system. Plaintiffs claim that Defendants failed
to adequately safeguard those systems and, as a result, unauthorized people
gained access to customers' personal information. The Defendants deny that
they did anything wrong, and the settlement is not an admission of
wrongdoing or an indication that any law was violated.

The Class includes everyone in the United States, Puerto Rico and
Canada who made a purchase or return at a T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx
'n More, Marshalls MegaStore, The Maxx, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright, Winners or
HomeSense, believe their personal or financial data was stolen or placed at
risk of being stolen from TJX's computer systems, and think they were
damaged from it. This includes those who made returns without a receipt and
were previously notified by TJX that their name, address and driver's
license or military, state or tax identification number were compromised.

Notices informing members of a portion of the settlement Class about
their legal rights will be mailed, and otherwise are scheduled to appear in
newspapers and/or magazines all over the United States, Canada, and Puerto
Rico leading up to a hearing on July 15, 2008, when the Court will consider
whether to approve the settlement.

The Court has appointed Ben Barnow, Barnow and Associates, P.C. of
Chicago, Illinois; Lester L. Levy, Wolf Popper LLP of New York, New York;
and Sherrie R. Savett, Berger & Montague, P.C., of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania as Settlement Class Co-Lead Counsel to represent the Class.

Those affected by this settlement can send in a claim form to ask for
benefits, if eligible, or they can ask to be excluded from, or object to,
the settlement and its terms. The deadline for exclusions and objections is
June 24, 2008. The earliest deadline to file claims is May 29, 2008.

A toll-free number, 1-866-523-6770, has been established in the case
(called In re TJX Companies Retail Security Breach Litigation, Civil
Action, No. 07-10162, MDL No. 1838) along with a website,
www.TJXsettlement.com, where notices, claim forms, and the settlement
agreement may be obtained. Those affected may also write to TJX Settlement,
PO Box 3775, Portland, OR 97208- 3775.


SOURCE The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts