Card Information for Three Million Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Customers For Sale: Report

Major Data Breach Compromises Patrons Financial Accounts

Patrons of Dickey’s Barbeque Pit should pay close attention to their financial accounts in the wake of a major POS data breach at the world’s largest BBQ chain.

According to security researchers at Gemini Advisory, three million debit and credit cards were stolen from customers nationwide and around the world between July 2019 and August 2020.

Hackers seized credit and debit card information from 156 of the eatery’s 469 locations across 30 states with the highest exposure in California and Arizona. Gemini reports that customer data was compromised using outdated in-store Point of Sale (POS) systems that still use magstripe technology – long known to be prone to malware attacks. Given the widespread nature of the breach, the exposure may be linked to a breach at the single central processor, which was leveraged by over a quarter of all Dickey’s locations.

Compromised Cards For Sale On The Dark Web

According to Gemini’s report, the Joker’s Stash dark web marketplace has uploaded this latest breach titled “BLAZING SUN,” on October 12th. Cards are selling for an average of $17 each and are advertised as having rates between 90 and 100 percent. This high rate indicates that Dickey’s BBQ was unaware of the compromise and customers were never notified to take precautions.

Did you use a credit or debit card at a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurant between July 2019 and August 2020?

The consumer protection lawyers at Emerson Firm, PLLC are now reviewing damages arising from 3 million Dickey’s Barbecue Pit customers whose credit and debit cards were hacked and information made available for sale on the dark web.

A lawsuit was filed on Nov. 9 in US District Court – Southern District of California against the restaurant chain alleging violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Unfair Competition laws and negligence. According to the filing, the plaintiffs allege the data breach would have continued without Dickey’s detection had cyber security firms not issued public reports that the hacked information was available for sale on the dark web. The lawsuit further alleges that that even upon learning of the data breach, Dickey’s failed to notify customers whose card and personal identifying information were stolen and sold citing –

“We are taking this incident very seriously and an investigation is ongoing. We are currently focused on determining the locations affected and time frames involved. Dickey’s does not otherwise comment on pending litigation.”

I patronized Dickey’s during this time frame and used a card, what should I do?

If you used a credit or debit card at any of Dickey’s restaurants during the July 2019 to August 2020 time frame, you should immediately notify your financial institution and take prophylactic measures to secure your financial accounts.

We would also like to speak with you. Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided by our consumer protection lawyers to help determine whether financial compensation may be available to you.

If you would like to find out more, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch or call us at +1 (800) 551-8649.

    Emerson Firm Announces Ongoing Investigation For the U.S. Bancorp and U.S. Bank National Association Data Breach.

    Emerson Firm, PLLC (“Emerson”) announces that it is continuing its investigation regarding the data breach at U.S. Bancorp and U.S. Bank National Association (collectively “U.S. Bank”) on behalf of an unknown number of affected U.S. Bank customers whose personal information was compromised in the Data Breach revealed by U.S. Bank on September, 18, 2020.

    U.S. Bank recently notified the State of California Attorney General of a data breach affecting an unknown number of customers. On July 30, 2020, a computer server containing personally identifiable information was physically stolen from an undisclosed U.S. Bank corporate office. The breached data reportedly includes names and account numbers but may include additional sensitive information. Further details have not yet been released.  On September 18, U.S. Bank began notifying affected consumers of the data incident without explanation of the delay in notification.  On information and belief, the Data Breach was a direct result of U.S. Bank’s failure to implement adequate and reasonable cyber-security procedures and protocols necessary to protect customers’ personally identifiable information (“PII”).

    U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in the nation. Founded in 1863, U.S. Bank annual revenues exceed $23 billion USD. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the bank employs more than 73,000.

    Houston-based law firm Emerson represents consumers throughout the nation.  Emerson and its predecessor firms have devoted their practice to complex commercial litigation for more than thirty-nine years and have recovered more than a billion dollars for consumers in class actions throughout the United States.

    If you are a person whose PII was compromised as a result of the Data Breach announced by U.S. Bank on September 18, 2020 then please contact us immediately to protect your rights.  It makes no difference what state you reside in.

    IMPORTANT: Send your inquiry with your complete contact information including phone number and email address to plaintiffs’ counsel, Emerson Firm, PLLC via e-mail to John G. Emerson ( or complete the below form and we will promptly get back to you to discuss your situation.

      Equifax and Banking Arbitration Clauses

      Many eyebrows were raised when Equifax’s arbitration clause came to light after the massive data breach that affected millions of Americans across the country. But as attentions have heightened around arbitration clauses included in the banking industry, it’s not looking good for consumers.

      Last week, Vice President Mike Pence broke a tied vote in the Senate that answered the question posed by in Karl Frisch in The Hill “Do we protect hard-working Americans from predatory financial companies, or do we allow these companies to continue victimizing?” The tie break destroys the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s anti-forced arbitration rule that stopped banks from forcing consumers into closed-door arbitration instead of allowing consumers their day in court through class actions.

      Despite outcry by a coalition of cross-party supporters for the rule, Senators voted against consumers, allowing banks and financial services to force consumers into backroom legal proceedings where they rarely come out ahead—and often lose money in the process of trying to defend their rights. The CFPB rule went into effect in July and the speedy timeline to repeal by Congress shows just how much clout the banking and finance industry has as a special interest in Washington.

      In the Equifax data breach, the backlash was so widespread that the company waived their forced arbitration clause but consumers can’t expect this to happen in every case. Richard Cordray, the director of the CFPB, opined in a New York Times article that “a group lawsuit against Wells Fargo for secretly opening phony bank accounts was blocked by arbitration clauses that pushed individual consumers into closed-door proceedings.” Despite significant media attention and a huge number of individuals affected by Wells Fargo phony bank accounts, arbitration was still part of the process and ultimately stopped consumers from seeking full restitution for the harm Wells Fargo may have caused.

      When it comes to the future of banking, consumer should understand that forced arbitration is likely to be included in their banking and finance products in the future. Most consumers don’t know about arbitration clauses, however, with 93% not understanding that arbitration clauses prevent them from suing. Arbitration clauses aren’t solely for banking and can even be included in employment contracts, notes LA Times’ David Lazarus. A number of cases about arbitration in employment contracts are also being heard in the Supreme Court that may affect the future of arbitration for consumers.

      In the Equifax class action, speaking with an attorney about your options is an important step forward because consumers have the option to participate in a class action or sue individually. Our class action law firm is accepting new clients for the Equifax case so contact us today to talk about your options with an experienced consumer protection lawyer.