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Murphy appointed to leadership role in Equifax class-action

Hassan Murphy (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz).

William H. Murphy III (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz).

William H. Murphy III, managing partner at Baltimore-based Murphy, Falcon & Murphy P.A., has been appointed to a seven-member steering committee among the attorneys in the multi-district litigation against Equifax.

The credit agency was hacked last year, exposing the personal information of 143 million Americans, including their Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and full legal names.

“It is an opportunity to collaborate with some really great lawyers toward a common goal,” Murphy said in an interview Thursday.

The steering committee will work with lead counsel to make major decisions in the case, including in discovery and pleadings.

Murphy touted the importance of minority representation and the diversity of his firm in his application to the court for a leadership position.

“Diversity in lead counsel is not just a matter of historical equity, it is a question of properly representing interests of plaintiffs of differing races, genders, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and walks of life,” the application states. “Mr. Murphy and his firm represent a diversity of approach and perspective that is unmatched by any other applicant.”

Murphy also pointed to his experience in handling corporate transactions, complex litigation and class actions in the application.

Murphy said Thursday he’s never been on a steering committee for a case before.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to up our game and do something significant… and technology allows for collaboration when people are in different places so we’re really excited,” Murphy said.

The Murphy firm filed suit in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt in September but the lawsuit was moved to federal court in Georgia as part of a multidistrict litigation.

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