fbpx

Office of Personnel Management Data Breach Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves class actions against the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and its security contractor, Peraton Risk Decision, Inc. (formerly KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc.) about data breaches that were announced in 2015.

The complaint alleges that that data breaches, of Peraton’s systems in 2013 and 2014 and OPM’s in 2014 and 2015, exposed the private information of more than 22 million current and former government employees and contractors as well as certain applicants for jobs. According to the complaint, OPM did not implement adequate safeguards to protect the information it held, and Peraton was negligent in permitting hackers to obtain its security credentials.

Docket Number:

15-1394 (ABJ)

Company: Office of Personnel Management

Filing Deadline: December 23, 2022

Class Period: May 7, 2014 to January 30, 2022

Objection Deadline: September 9, 2022

Exclusion Deadline: September 9, 2022

Final Approval Hearing: October 14, 2022

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide documentation to support your claim. For example, proof of loss might be an account statement with fraudulent charges highlighted; police reports, IRS documents, or the like.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if
- You are a US citizen or permanent resident whose personal information was compromised as a result of the 2014 or 2015 OPM data breaches or 2013 or 2014 data breaches; and if
- After May 7, 2014, you suffered an out-of-pocket expense or lost compensable time (1) to buy a credit monitoring product, credit or identity theft product, or other product or service to find or assist with the data breaches in this case, (2) to access, freeze, or unfreeze credit reports with a credit reporting agency, or (3) as a result of an identity theft incident or to mitigate an identity theft incident.
To be eligible, you must have suffered an out-of-pocket expense or loss of compensable time in at least one of the three categories listed.

Typical Settlement Amount:

(1) Payment of $700 or the actual amount of the claim, whichever is greater, up to a maximum of $10,000, for unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenditures made between May 7, 2014 and January 30, 2022 and incurred in connection with the cyberattacks. However, if the total amount of all claims exceeds the amount available for payments, amounts may be reduced proportionately. Payments for time are only reimbursed if you suffered economic loss, for example, if you had to take time off from paid work. You are only eligible to receive money from the settlement if you experienced economic loss, according to a ruling by the Supreme Court that compensable damages under the Privacy Act are limited to economic loss.

(2) Free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. To sign up, visit https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity/ or call 1-800-750-3004 Monday through Saturday, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Total Settlement Amount: $63,000,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$3,000

Law Firms:
Ahdoot & Wolfson
Girard Sharp LLP
Morgan & Morgan

Claim Form: Office of Personnel Management Data Breach Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: In re: U.S. Office of Personnel Management Data Security Breach Litigation

Settlement Website: Office of Personnel Management Data Breach Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions Inc.
1-855-917-3567 (Toll-Free)
OPM Data Breach Settlement
Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 4719
Portland, OR 97208-4719

Tags: Exposing Private Information, Exposure to cyber crime, Your Privacy