Will Gendron
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Published
June 12, 2024 12:44 PM
Updated
July 24, 2024
MCG Health $8.8M Data Breach Settlement
Settlement Open for Claims
Award:
$1,500 - $10,000
Deadline:
September 30, 2024
SUBMIT CLAIM

MCG Health has agreed to pay $8,800,000 to settle a class action lawsuit for alleged security violations following a data breach. This settlement addresses claims that an unauthorized party accessed MCG’s systems and obtained personal information, including patient names, genders, telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, and medical code information.

Who Benefits?: United States residents whose personally identifiable information (PII) and/or protected health information (PHI) was accessed or acquired during the MCG Data Incident discovered on or about March 25, 2022.

How much can I get?: Settlement Class Members may receive up to $1,500 for documented Ordinary Losses, up to $10,000 for documented Extraordinary Losses, three years of free credit monitoring, or a pro-rata cash payment from the net Settlement Fund.

Important Dates

  • Deadline to File a Claim: September 30, 2024
  • Objection Deadline: August 29, 2024
  • Exclusion Deadline: August 29, 2024
  • Final Approval Hearing Date: September 13, 2024

Can I Claim an Award?

To be eligible for a settlement award, you must be a United States resident whose PII and/or PHI was accessed or acquired during the MCG Data Incident. This includes patient names, genders, telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, and medical code information. If you received a notification from MCG or its customers about the Data Incident, you are likely a Settlement Class Member.

Settlement Class Members can file a Claim Form to receive reimbursement for documented Ordinary Losses, documented Extraordinary Losses, an alternative cash payment, or credit monitoring. Ordinary Losses include unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses fairly traceable to the Data Incident, while Extraordinary Losses cover documented monetary losses resulting from identity theft or fraud.

  • Documented Ordinary Losses: Up to $1,500 for documented unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Documented Extraordinary Losses: Up to $10,000 for documented monetary losses resulting from identity theft or fraud.

What Awards Can I Claim?

Settlement Class Members can claim various awards based on their documented losses. The awards include reimbursement for Ordinary Losses up to $1,500, reimbursement for Extraordinary Losses up to $10,000, three years of free credit monitoring, or a pro-rata cash payment from the net Settlement Fund.

Ordinary Losses cover unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses fairly traceable to the Data Incident, such as bank fees, long distance phone charges, credit card fees, and credit monitoring costs. Extraordinary Losses include documented monetary losses resulting from identity theft or fraud, such as falsified tax returns or account fraud.

  • Documented Ordinary Losses: Up to $1,500 for documented unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Documented Extraordinary Losses: Up to $10,000 for documented monetary losses resulting from identity theft or fraud.
  • Credit Monitoring: Three years of free three-bureau credit monitoring through Kroll Credit Monitoring.
  • Alternative Cash Payment: A pro-rata payment from the net Settlement Fund.

Data Security Incident and Its Impact

The settlement addresses a data security incident where an unauthorized party accessed MCG’s systems and obtained personal information. This incident affected patient names, genders, telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, and medical code information.

Is Proof Required to Claim the Reward?

Yes, proof is required to claim a reward. Claimants must provide documentation supporting their claims for Ordinary Losses and Extraordinary Losses. This includes receipts, bank statements, phone bills, and other relevant documents. Self-prepared documentation such as handwritten receipts are insufficient by themselves but may support other submitted documentation.

  • Ordinary Losses: Documentation supporting out-of-pocket expenses fairly traceable to the Data Incident.
  • Extraordinary Losses: Documentation supporting monetary losses resulting from identity theft or fraud.

How to Claim Your Award

To claim your award, you must submit a valid Claim Form by September 30, 2024. You can submit your Claim Form online at this link or mail a printed form to the Claims Administrator at the provided address.

If you change your mailing address or email address after submitting your Claim Form, you must inform the Claims Administrator of your updated information to ensure you receive your settlement benefits.

$8,800,000 Settlement Fund

The settlement amount is $8,800,000. This fund will cover Administrative Costs, Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses, Service Awards, and payments for claims for Ordinary Losses, Extraordinary Losses, and credit monitoring.

The net Settlement Fund will be distributed pro-rata among Settlement Class Members who submit valid claims. If the total claims exceed the Settlement Fund, the payments may be adjusted accordingly.

Why There is a Class Action Settlement

The class action settlement addresses claims that MCG Health, LLC failed to protect personal information, when the company experienced a data breach on March 25, 2022 that affected 1,100,000 people and leaked social security numbers. By settling, MCG does not admit any wrongdoing or liability but aims to resolve the legal claims and provide compensation to affected individuals.

The next steps include the Final Approval Hearing on September 13, 2024, where the Court will decide whether to approve the settlement. If approved, the Claims Administrator will process valid claims and distribute the settlement benefits.

For more information, you can visit the official settlement website at www.MCGDataSettlement.com or call (833) 522-9003.

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Status
Open for Claims
Category
Data Breach
Settlement Amount
$8,800,000
Award
$1,500 - $10,000
Is Proof Required?
Proof Required
Proof Required
Days Remaining to file Claim
68
Claim Deadline
September 30, 2024
Fairness Hearing
Final Approval Hearing
September 13, 2024
Case Number
2:22-cv-0849-RSM-DWC
Case Title
In re MCG Health Data Security Issue Litigation
State
Court
Jurisdiction
Claims Administrator
Kroll Settlement Administration LLC PO Box 5324 New York, NY 10150-5324 (833) 522-9003
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