My CJ account was hacked, account email any payment details changed somehow without me knowing, and commissions paid to someone somewhere that isn't me. I got a 1099 in the mail from CJ that says I earned taxable commissions. CJ says it is my problem, and to take it up with the IRS.
Slightly longer version of the story:
I haven't been an active affiliate marketer in a couple years, and my Commission Junction account was just sitting there inactive. I tried to log in out of the blue last year, but the CJ system told me the email address I had always used to log in was not associated with an active account. I assumed my account had been terminated due to the inactivity.
Fast forward to last week and I get a 1099 from CJ saying I earned taxable commissions in 2014. I immediately call CJ and reach a very nice woman that seemed to genuinely want to help me get this issue sorted out. After putting me on hold and consulting with their "Network Quality" team, she mentioned there could possibly be "legal action" against whomever stole my identity. I left the pone call confident I would get a revised 1099 with zero taxable income.
I was wrong.
In latest communication via their online support system I was told to take it up with the IRS. It seems that someone at CJ has decided that it isn't their fault that their system failed, my account was hacked, and my identity stolen.
My question is, do I have just cause to pursue legal action against CJ to get this resolved? If so, does anyone have a recommendation on someone who has experience in this field?