Premera Blue Cross Data Breach
Kim D. Stephens and Jason T. Dennett serve as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in multi-district litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon against Premera Blue Cross. The lawsuit alleges that Premera allowed a massive breach of its data systems, permitting hackers access to the personal, medical, and financial information of approximately nine million Premera subscribers and employees.
On March 2, 2020, the Honorable Michael H. Simon granted final approval of the settlement agreement signed by the parties on May 30, 2019. Under the terms of the settlement, Premera has agreed to pay $74 million to resolve the litigation; $42 million to improve data security and $32 million to pay for an additional two years of premium credit monitoring and identity protection services, out-of-pocket losses, cash payments to all class members who make a claim, administrative and notice costs related to the settlement, class representation compensation fees, and attorneys’ fees and costs.
Class members are entitled to:
1) up to $10,000 per Class Member for reimbursement of out-of-pocket loses plausibly traceable to the Data Breach, including up to 20 hours of personal time at $20 per hour;
2) payment of up to $50 for Class Members who do not have out-of-pocket loses;
3) payment of an up to $50 for Class Members who resided in California as of March 17, 2015; and
4) two years of credit monitoring and insurance services.
A website dedicated to the settlement can be found HERE. Mail and email notices to Class Members was sent on September 13, 2019 and concluded on November 13, 2019. All class members must submit claims by March 30, 2020.
Settlement benefits will not be available until any appeals are concluded.