West Virginia's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Equifax over a data breach last year that the lawsuit says affected about 740,000 West Virginia residents.
The lawsuit alleges Atlanta-based Equifax ignored warnings to secure its system, failed to safeguard consumer information and stalled in telling the public.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Boone County Circuit Court. It seeks $150,000 for each security breach and $5,000 for each violation of the state's Consumer Credit and Protection Act, as well as legal costs.
The Equifax breach exposed almost half of West Virginia's population - more than 730,000 residents - to the risk of identity theft, tax return scams, financial fraud and other harm, according to the lawsuit.
"Equifax's failure to secure consumers' personal information constitutes a shocking betrayal of public trust and an egregious violation of West Virginia consumer protection and data privacy laws," Attorney General Morrisey said.
Equifax spokesman Wyatt Jefferies said in an email that the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.