On November 19, 2021, the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema granted final approval of the class settlement with Dominion National. The claims arose from a data breach that was announced on June 21, 2019, in which financial data, Social Security numbers, and medical data may have been exposed to criminal hackers.
The settlement required Dominion National to pay up to $2 million in losses suffered by class members as a result of the data breach.
Class members were sent notice of the settlement with instructions for filing claims for qualifying damages. The deadline to submit a claim form was January 15, 2022. The claims administrator is in the process of reviewing filed claims; payments will be made to qualifying claimants for covered losses after this review is complete. You can find additional information regarding the settlement at the settlement website: dominiondentalsettlement.com
Pursuant to the settlement, Dominion National will pay up to $2 million in losses from qualifying claims submitted by class members. If qualifying losses exceed $2 million, compensation will be reduced pro rata. Additionally, Dominion National has agreed to implement additional security measures with an approximate value of $2,769,500.
Class members could seek compensation for lost time responding to the data breach, out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the data breach, and fees for credit reports, credit monitoring, and other identity theft protection purchased between August 14, 2019 and July 19, 2021. Class members who experienced additional, extraordinary losses as a result of the data breach, could also seek compensation through the claim process.
If you were insured by Dominion National Insurance Company, or had your dental or vision benefits administered by Dominion National within the last 9 years, your financial data, Social Security number, and medical data may have been exposed to criminal hackers.
Dominion National administers benefits for many leading health insurance providers, including:
- Capital BlueCross
- Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States (Kaiser Permanente)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
- Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
- Providence Health Plan
- UPMC Health Plan
Dominion announced on June 21, 2019 that the personal and medical data of 2.9 million patients was exposed to potential identity theft and other financial crimes. Intruders had access to Dominion’s servers as early as August 25, 2010.
On September 19, 2019 Tousley Brain Stephens filed a class action complaint against Dominion National Insurance Company for their negligent handling of your data.
On November 1, 2019 the Honorable Leonie M. Brikema of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia appointed Kim Stephens of Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC as Co-Lead and Interim Class Counsel.
On June 18, 2021, Class Counsel moved for preliminary approval of the settlement negotiated with Dominion National. The Court granted preliminary approval of the settlement, appointed a claims administrator and directed the claims administrator to issue notice of the settlement to class members on June 20, 2021.
Following a hearing on November 21, 2022, the District Court issued final approval of the settlement and awarded Class Counsel their requested attorneys’ fees and costs.