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Preliminary approval of class action settlement for Experian data breach exceeds $47M

Remember Experian’s massive data breach of 15 million customers in 2015?  The resulting consolidated class action is nearly resolved.  On December 3, 2018, a California federal judge granted preliminary approval to a proposed class settlement valued at over $47 Million.

Forty lawsuits against Experian were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  The class members, all T-Mobile USA customers, may have had their names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates and passport numbers compromised in the breach.

Strictly speaking, this is no longer a FCRA case. In December 2016, the court granted in part Experian’s motion to dismiss, agreeing with Experian that it did not furnish a consumer report in violation of the FCRA because “[t]heft victims don’t ‘provide’ a thief with stolen goods.”

The settlement includes a $ 22 million nonreversionary settlement fund, which will be used to provide two years of credit-monitoring and insurance services to class members who submit valid claims, cash payments for out-of-pocket costs and documented time spent due to the data breach, $2,500 service awards for each class representative, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs, not to exceed $10.5 million.  In addition, $11.7 million must be set aside for remedial and enhanced security measures at Experian.

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John Hawk Attorney Womble Bond Litigator

John Hawk is a skilled litigator with over a decade of experience serving the complex and diverse litigation needs of Fortune 500 companies and smaller lenders. He focuses his practice on consumer finance, lender liability and insurance.

Specifically, John routinely defends cases brought pursuant to ERISA, FCRA, TCPA and FDCPA. His clients include life and disability insurance companies, banks and other lenders, and mortgage servicers.

John’s experience includes frequent appearances in state and federal courts, including the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme...