- Claims can be filed online or by mail
- Filing deadlines have been established
- Administrator contact info is available
When approximately 79 MILLION people are affected by a data breach something in between modest alarm and outright hysteria is bound to ensue. In the case of the 2015 data breach involving Anthem’s database, the answer comes in the form of a class action lawsuit titled Anthem, Inc. Data Breach Litigation. The lawsuit was filed over allegations that the Defendants failed to adequately protect personal information of the Plaintiffs. However, it should be pointed out that the Defendants deny any wrongdoing and no court (or any other entity for that matter) has made any judgment or other determination of any wrongdoing. The answer to which of the parties would have come out on top likely will never be known as the case has come to a pending $115 million settlement that, if approved, allows the parties to avoid the costs and uncertainty of a trial and any possible related appeals. Those who believe they are affected by the settlement can get started with an online claim by going to the Data Breach-Settlement and clicking the appropriate link.
Wow….not sure I can absorb anymore information but I’ll try!
- Eligible Class Members include those who received settlement notice from Anthem
- Provides free credit monitoring services or cash payment as an alternative (up to $36)
- Those who suffered out-of-pocket losses are eligible to claim up to a total of $10,000
- Deadline to file for credit monitoring services or cash payment is January 29th, 2018
- December 29th, 2017 is the deadline by which requests to be excluded must be filed
- One year after the final approval date is the deadline to file for out-of-pocket losses
Those who did not receive notice from Anthem may still be eligible if they had personal information taken during the breach that is included in Anthem’s Member Impact Database. Class Members with questions can try browsing the Frequently Asked Questions linked to at the top of the Data Breach-Settlement page. Those planning to make a request for exclusion or file a claim by mail will need to send correspondence directly to the Settlement Administrator (post-marked no later than the filing deadlines). The Settlement Administrator can also be contacted by those who need additional assistance.
Data Breach-Settlement Administrator
- PO Box 404012, Louisville, KY 40233-9821