Case Number: MDL Docket No. 1838, No. 1:07-cv-10162-WGY

Practice Area: Technology, Privacy & Data Breach Consumer Protection

Case Status: Settled

Settlement Amount: Over $200 million

Court: United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Berger Montague served as co-lead counsel and obtained a settlement valued at over $200 million in this multidistrict litigation on behalf of consumers whose personal and financial data were stolen by computer hackers from TJX Companies, Inc. (“TJX”). The case was litigated in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and captioned In re TJX Retail Securities Breach Litigation, MDL Docket No. 1838, No. 1:07-cv-10162-WGY (D. Mass.).

The data breach at issue was the then-largest theft of personal data in history. The breach involved more than 45 million credit and debit card numbers and 450,000 customers’ driver’s license numbers. Under the settlement, class members whose driver’s license numbers were at risk were entitled to three years of credit monitoring and identity theft insurance (a value of $390 per person based on the retail cost for this service at the time), reimbursement of actual identity theft losses, and reimbursement of driver’s license replacement costs. Class members whose credit and debit card numbers were at risk were entitled to cash of $15-$30 or store vouchers of $30-$60.

The settlement became the template for future data breach cases. In approving the settlement, former Chief Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts praised the result as an “excellent settlement” containing “innovative” and “groundbreaking” elements.

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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