GA: Law firm says it didn’t dump personal data

Ralph Ellis reports that two law firms have issued statements in response to previous media reports that their firms may have been responsible for records containing confidential data dumped in a Smyrna recycling center:

Wilson, Brock and Irby issued a statement Thursday saying an employee of the firm went to the recycling center Wednesday “to dispose of bankruptcy and real estate files which did not contain confidential information and were many, many years old.”

Larry Dingle of the law firm said Wilson, Brock represents creditors, not people filing for bankruptcy, and is not involved in tax preparation. The information in the files disposed of Wednesday is available through public records, he said.

Dingle said he thinks W-2 forms dumped by somebody else were commingled with his firm’s papers.

“I think once we go through the records, they [the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs] will confirm the same thing,” Dingle said.

Nat Hardwick, a partner with Morris, Hardwick and Schneider, said his firm contracts with a shredding company. He said his firm does business all over the world and wonders whether files found in the bin actually came from his firm.

“We don’t know if these are actually our files,” Hardwick said Thursday. “We do a lot of transactions.”

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