AMERICANS have two months left to file claims for their share of payments after being victims of a cyberattack.
The San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) settled a class action lawsuit after plaintiffs claim it failed to protect consumer data through reasonable cybersecurity measures.
The center is a medical system offering specialized services to disabled individuals.
SARC sent notices to those who are eligible, informing them that their information may have been compromised in the 2021 data breach.
While SARC hasn’t admitted to wrongdoing, it has agreed to provide eligible claimants payments ranging from $500 and $2,500
Other claimants may receive an undisclosed sum to resolve these allegations.
The settlement also provides two years of free single bureau credit monitoring and identity theft protection services for each member who submitted a valid claim form.
Additionally, it will also pay out-of-pocket expenses to those who incurred any as a result of the breach.
The deadline to submit a Claim Form is April 12, 2023.
Consumers have five options with regard to the settlement:
- Submit a claim
- Exclude yourself
- Attend a hearing
- Do nothing
For those looking to claim and receive payment or theft protection services, you must submit a valid claim form by no later than April 12, 2023.
If you’d like to object, write to the settlement administrator detailing your displeasures no later than March 13, 2023.
You may also object at the Final Approval Hearing in person or through Microsoft Teams.
Just note that you are required to remain as a class member in order to object to the terms of the settlement.
March 13, 2032 is also the date to exclude yourself.
This means you must also write to the settlement administrator to opt out.
Opting out is the only option that will allow you to be part of any other lawsuit, including your own, against SARC regarding the legal claims in this settlement.
You may also attend the hearing to object or speak in court at the Final Approval Hearing on August 2, 2023.
If you choose to do nothing, you will not receive a payment and will no longer be able to sue SARC over the claims.
MORE ON THE BREACH
The lawsuit alleged claims against SARC relating to a data incident that happened at the company on or about July 5, 2021.
This is allegedly when third-party criminals gained unauthorized access to SARC’s network, encrypted some of SARC’s systems and gained unauthorized access to the personal information of consumers.
While SARC denies all claims and allegations, the company decided to settle with the plaintiffs.
For two years, those who submit a claim will be given free single-bureau credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.
For more information and to submit a claim, visit the SARC website.
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