Case Number: No. 15-md-02617

Practice Area: Technology, Privacy & Data Breach

Case Status: Settled

Settlement Amount: $115 million

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of California

On February 16, 2015, Berger Montague filed a class action complaint on behalf of its clients against health insurer Anthem, Inc. arising from Anthem’s massive data breach. Computer hackers accessed Anthem’s computer servers and stole the personal and financial information of approximately 80 million Anthem customers and other individuals. Stolen information included names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, street and email addresses, and employment data including income.

The plaintiffs alleged that Anthem failed to properly safeguard its data systems and as a result of the intrusions, class members suffered or were at risk of suffering identity theft. The plaintiffs sought monetary damages, additional credit monitoring beyond Anthem’s original two-year offer, and improved data security measures.

The court consolidated all pending class actions and appointed a small team of law firms to lead the litigation. Berger Montague assisted the co-lead firms in their efforts.

In 2018, the case settled for benefits valued at $115 million, representing the largest data breach settlement in history at the time. The settlement benefits included: (i) reimbursement of identity theft losses and other out-of-pocket costs; (ii) credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance for at least four years, paid for by Anthem; and (iii) substantial improvements to Anthem’s data security systems.

If you have been the victim of a data breach or privacy breach, consumer fraud, or unfair or deceptive business practices, please contact Berger Montague.

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