Shorter University Data Breach Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:
According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

Shorter University is settling a class action alleging that the personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) of certain current and former students was stolen or exposed because of a September 2014 theft of documents at the Winthrop-King Centre on Shorter’s campus. The complaint claims that Shorter did not adequately protect the information and that it did not report the data breach immediately. 

Docket Number:

4:15-CV-00033-HLM

Company: Shorter University

Filing Deadline: February 15, 2018

Objection Deadline: September 1, 2017

Exclusion Deadline: September 1, 2017

Final Approval Hearing: October 17, 2017

Proof of Purchase:

You will need documentation to submit claims for losses. If you are a member of the settlement class, you will automatically be eligible for twelve months of free identity monitoring services.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if your personally identifiable information or protected health information was stolen or compromised as a result of the September 2014 theft of documents at Shorter University’s Winthrop-King Centre.

The settlement provides for monitoring of identity theft plus reimbursement of losses related to the data breach of up to $175. These losses may include the following:

  • Unauthorized, unreimbursed charges on credit or debit cards.
  • Costs of addressing identity theft or fraud.
  • Losses caused by restricted access to funds.
  • Preventative costs, such as paying for credit monitoring, placing security freezes on credit reports, or obtaining credit reports for review.
  • Losses caused by e-mail fraud, such as phishing scams.
  • Late fees or fees for declined payments, overdrafts, returned checks, customer service, card cancellation, or card replacement.
  • Any other losses that can be fairly traced to the Shorter data breach.

You must have documentation for these losses, and can be reimbursed for losses of time that can be documented, for up to five hours of lost time, at $15 per hour. If you can document the losses but not the time, you can self-certify for up to two hours. You cannot self-certify for loss of time if you do not have documentation of the losses.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Up to $175 in documented losses plus losses of time; plus twelve months of free Identity Guard Total Protection identity monitoring services.

Total Settlement Amount: $175,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$1,000

Law Firms:
Ahdoot & Wolfson
Jones Ward PLC
Morgan & Morgan

Claim Form: Shorter University Data Breach Claim Form

Case Name: Bishop v. Shorter University, Inc.

Settlement Website: Shorter University Data Breach Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Systems

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Shorter University Data Breach
Epiq Systems Inc., Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 4390
Portland, OR 97208-4390
1-888-729-1603

Tags: Exposing Private Information, Failure to Inform Promptly of Data Breach, Inadequately secured information, Stolen Medical Information, Your Privacy