$17M Aetna HIV Status Privacy Class Action Settlement

Who is a Class Member

The Aetna HIV Status Privacy class action settlement includes “all persons whose Protected Health Information and/or Confidential HIV-related information was allegedly disclosed improperly by Aetna and/or Aetna-related or affiliated entities.”

If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.


Settlement Amount

  • $17,161,200.00

Estimated Award

  • $75, plus up to $20,000 depending on financial or non-financial harm

All 11,875 Settlement Class members who were sent the Benefit Notice will receive an automatic base payment of $75 or $500 (inclusive of the $75 payment), whichever is applicable. No claim form is needed.

Claimants may receive up to $10,000 for financial harm and up to $10,000 for non-financial harm as calculated by the Settlement Administrator, for a total maximum of up to $20,000 in addition to the minimum Base Payment described above.


Proof of Purchase

  • You will need to provide your claim number and documentations showing financial or non-financial harm, such as copies of receipts, invoices, credit card statements, medical records, insurance records, returned checks, and/or any other reasonable form of proof of non-reimbursed out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the Benefit Notice.

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Aetna HIV Status Disclosure Settlement Notes

  • Andrew Beckett, et al. v. Aetna Inc., et al.
  • Case No. 2:17-cv-03864
  • Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

This class action lawsuit stems from a 2017 data breach where the privacy of nearly 12,000 people insured by Aetna was compromised. Specifically, Aetna mailed letters in response to a settlement over previous violation concerns. Aetna had required members to obtain HIV medications through mail order pharmacies. This prompted lawsuits alleging the policy was discriminatory because it prevented patients taking HIV medication from receiving in-person counseling from a pharmacist as well as put their privacy at risk.

Aetna settled the lawsuits individually and changed its policy. But here’s the clincher – it mailed Benefit Notification letters to anyone who had filled a prescription for HIV meds using a large transparent glassine window envelope that exposed members sensitive HIV status information.

Aetna “carelessly, recklessly, negligently, and impermissibly revealed HIV-related information of their current and former insureds to their family, friends, roommates, landlords, neighbors, mail carriers and complete strangers,” the lawsuit states. “In the course of sending out the agreed notices, however, Aetna again failed to recognize the dangers associated with sending information about HIV medications through the mail.”

Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Aetna HIV Status Privacy settlement website.

Class members who wish to object to or exclude themselves from the Aetna HIV Status Privacy settlement must do so by July 31, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit a claim form on or before September 29, 2018.


Important Dates

  • 9/29/18: Claim Form Deadline
  • 7/31/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
  • 10/15/18: Final Hearing at 9:00 am ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).

*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.BeckettPrivacyClassAction.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.


Contact Information

  • Mail: Settlement Administrator, c/o Angeion Group, PO Box 15860, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Phone: 1-877-416-7259
  • Email: BeckettPrivacyClassAction@AdministratorClassAction.com

Class Counsel


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Claim Up To $3,500 Seagate Technology Employee Data Breach Class Action Settlement

Who is a Class Member

The Seagate Technology Employee Data Breach settlement includes “all persons who are or were employees of Seagate or its affiliates and whose W-2 information was involved in the Data Incident.” The settlement also extends to third parties, including spouses or adult dependents of Settlement Employee Class Members.

If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.


Estimated Award

  • Up to $3,500 + Identity Theft Protection

Settlement Class members can receive the following benefits:

  • coverage under an Experian identity theft protection plan for a period of two years
  • reimbursement of economic costs up to $3,500

Proof of Purchase

  • Settlement Class Members who wish to make a Claim for Reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs will needs to provide bills, invoices, or other documents detailing the amount paid.

Election Form or Reimbursement Form Filing Info

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Seagate Technology Employee Data Breach Settlement Notes

  • Everett Castillo v. Seagate Technology LLC
  • Case No. 3:16-cv-01958-RS
  • Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

This class action lawsuit stems from a data breach that affected former and current employees of Seagate Technology. In March 2016, Seagate disclosed that it was the victim of a phishing attack resulting in the disclosure of 2015 Form W-2 data  concerning individuals who had worked for Seagate and certain corporate affiliates during the 2015 calendar year to an unauthorized third party.

After the employee data breach, a group of plaintiffs allege that unknown individuals had filed fraudulent tax returns in their names with the IRS, the California Franchise Tax Board and other state taxing authorities. They also allege that some of the fraudulent tax returns were filed jointly, on behalf of themselves and their spouses, and included their spouses’ Social Security number.

It is estimated that 12,000 employees and employee relatives may have suffered harm as a result of the Seagate Technology data breach. Under the terms of the settlement, Seagate denies allegations and all liability but has agreed to shell out around $5.75 million to those affected by the data breach. In addition to monetary compensation, every employee of Seagate Technology and their associated relatives who were victims of the data hack will received two years of Experian identity theft protection services.

Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Seagate Technology Employee Data Breach settlement website.

The Seagate Technology Employee Data Breach settlement was granted final approval March 8, 2018.. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit an Election Form by June 30, 2018 and a Reimbursement Form (if applicable) by December 31, 2018.


Important Dates

  • 6/30/18: Election Form Deadline
  • 12/31/2018: Reimbursement Claim Deadline

Contact Information

  • Mail: Castillo v. Seagate Settlement, c/o Dahl Administration, P.O. Box 3616, Minneapolis, MN 55403-0616
  • Phone: 1-866-677-2607
  • Email: info@CastillovSeagateSettlement.com

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Claim Up To $250 TIMCO Aviation Data Breach Class Action Settlement

Who is a Class Member

The TIMCO Aviation data breach class action settlement class includes “all current and former employees of Timco and its parent, subsidiary, or affiliate companies whose W-2 data was compromised as a result of the Data Disclosure which occurred on or about March 2016.”

If you believe you should be included in the settlement but did not receive a notice, please contact the Settlement Administrator.

If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.


Settlement Amount

  • $300,000.00

Estimated Award

  • Up to $250 plus Identity Theft Protection

Class members can obtain compensation in one of three categories:

  • Category A: $250 – Class members who had a false tax return filed in their name for the first time after March 15, 2016.
  • Category B: $150 – Class members who had an IRS tax transcript requested using their personal information for the first time in 2016 and submitted an Identity Theft Affidavit to the IRS.
  • Category C: Up to $150 – Class members who suffered out-of-pocket expenses (other than purchase of identity theft services) as a result of the data breach.

Additionally, Class members who purchased their own identity theft protection services in response to an IRS notice of possible identity theft between March 15, 2106 and April 19, 2016 can receive reimbursement for the purchase of up to 36 months of the service, not to exceed $350. Also, Class members who did not elect to obtain TIMCO’s offering of two years of Experian ProtectMyID Elite can now request coverage.


Proof of Purchase

  • If you purchased identity theft protection at your own expense, you will need to provide documentation to prove your purchase. To claim out-of-pocket expenses other than purchase of identity theft protection services, you will need to provide supporting documents such as copies of receipts or invoice/billing statements.

Claim Form

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TIMCO Aviation Data Breach Settlement Notes

  • David Linnins, et al. v. TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc.
  • Case No. 16cv486
  • Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

Plaintiffs David Linnins, Kim Wolfington, and Carol Blackstock filed this class action lawsuit in response to an employee data breach at TIMCO Aviation.

On April 29, 2016, TIMCO acknowledged in March 2016 that one of their HR employees received a scam email requesting the 2015 W-2 data for all of the company’s employees. The TIMCO employee complied with the request in the email by sending an unencrypted data file which contained copies of W-2 statements and personally identifying information on employees, including names, mailing addresses, Social Security numbers, and wage and withholding information to unknown cyber criminals.

This compromised data contained PII for every employee who worked at and received wages from TIMCO during the time period of January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. It is estimated that approximately 3,000 current and former TIMCO employees had their PII compromised as a result of the data breach.

Almost immediately, the cyber criminals filed fraudulent tax returns in the names of many of the employees. The plaintiffs claim that TIMCO failed to adequately secure and safeguard the PII of current and former employees and for failed to provide timely and adequate notice to them that their information had been stolen.

“This Data Disclosure was caused by Timco’s voluntary disclosure of the PII of its current and former employees, ironically at a time in the calendar year when W-2 information is most vital and valuable. Timco was not without warning of this phishing email scam, yet it failed to implement adequate measures to protect its employees’ PII,” the lawsuit states.

TIMCO denies any wrongdoing and denies all claims. Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the TIMCO Aviation Data Breach settlement website.

Class members who wish to object to or exclude themselves from the TIMCO Aviation Data Breach settlement must do so by May 1, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit a claim form on or before May 1, 2018.


Important Dates

  • 5/1/18: Claim Form Deadline
  • 5/1/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
  • 5/31/18: Final Hearing at 2:00 am ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).

*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.TASettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.


Contact Information

  • Mail: Linnins v. Timco Claim Administrator, c/o Epiq, P.O. Box 4068, Portland, OR 97208-4068
  • Phone: 1-844-616-6619

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Panera Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Millions of Customers’ Information Exposed

Have you purchased food or beverages at Panera Bread Company lately? Then pay attention as a new class action lawsuit is seeking redress for a nationwide data breach that may have left millions of customers vulnerable to identity theft.

Six named plaintiffs filed the Panera data breach class action lawsuit in Illinois federal court earlier this month, claiming their personal identifying information was exposed to hackers and are alleging Panera needs to be held accountable.

According to the Panera data breach class action lawsuit, customers who created and used Panera’s My Rewards care or an internet or smart phone app called MyPanera to order Panera food products for pickup orders at any of Panera’s 2,000 nationwide restaurants may have been the victims of the data breach. This information includes names, credit and/or debit card account numbers, card expiration dates, card verification codes, emails, telephone numbers, and other demographic information.

Reportedly, Panera was warned that it had placed sensitive personal information of customers at risk but the company ignored the warning. On April 2, 2018 Krebs On Security reported that Panera’s website had “leaked millions of customer records – including names, email and physical addresses, birthdays, and the last four digits of the customer’s credit card number – for at least eight months.

Additionally, the Panera data breach class action lawsuit states that to date, Panera has yet to take action since discovering the security breach to inform customers that their personal information may have been “negligently or recklessly exposed to hackers and/or unknown nefarious third parties.” The complaint goes on to contend that Panera failed to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures to proactively protect its customers’ information that was compromised in the data breach.

“As a direct and proximate result of Panera’s wrongful action and inaction and the resulting data breach, Plaintiffs and Class Members have been placed at an imminent, immediate, and continuing risk of harm from identity theft and identity fraud.”

Now, plaintiffs and Class Members will be required to spend time and resources to monitor to their credit reports and be on the lookout for fraud or identity theft, the complaint notes.

The named plaintiffs are seeking to represent a nationwide class of consumers, as well as statewide Classes, who purchased food or beverage items at Panera Bread Company using their credit or debit card. Among monetary damages, they are asking for equitable relief for Panera’s reported failure to issue “prompt, complete, and accurate disclosures” to customers about the data breach.

The plaintiffs are represented by James C. Vlahakis of Sulaiman Law Group LTD. 

The Panera Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit is Boykin, et al. v. Panera Bread Company, Case No. 1:18-cv-02461, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.