Is OPM Data Breach Settlement a Scam - Office of Personnel Management Class Action Lawsuit

A $63 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about the data breaches of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and its security contractor. If your personal information was compromised as a result of the breaches of OPM's electronic information systems in 2014 and 2015, you are eligible to make a claim under the Settlement if you are a "class member."

Is OPM Data Breach Settlement a Scam - Office of Personnel Management Class Action Lawsuit

Who can get money from the Settlement, and how much?

You are eligible to make a claim under the Settlement if you are a “class member,” defined as:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident whose personal information was compromised as a result of the breaches of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s electronic information systems in 2014 and 2015 or the breach of Peraton Risk Decision Inc.’s (then KeyPoint’s) electronic information systems in 2013 and 2014; and
  • Between May 7, 2014 and January 31, 2022, you suffered out-of-pocket expense or loss of compensable time: (1) to purchase a credit monitoring product, credit or identity theft protection product, or other product or service designed to identify or remediate the data breaches; (2) to access, freeze or unfreeze a credit report with a credit reporting agency; or (3) as a result of an identity theft incident or to mitigate an identity theft incident.

You are only eligible to make a claim if you suffered an out-of-pocket expense or loss of compensable time within at least one of the three categories listed above.

If your claim is found valid, you will be paid $700 or the actual amount of the claim, whichever is higher, to a maximum of $10,000. However, the amount of individual claims will be reduced in equal proportion before claimants are paid if the total value of all valid claims plus any incentive award payments awarded by the Court to named plaintiffs exceeds the $63,000,000 settlement fund amount. Government records will be used to verify that you were subject to the breaches, but the Claims Administrator will be solely responsible for determining the validity of claims and the amount of payment.

The Settlement provides for a minimum $700 payment for reasonably documented claims of unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenditures made by a class member between May 7, 2014 and January 31, 2022 for reasonable costs incurred in connection with the 2014 and 2015 cyberattacks of OPM’s electronic information systems and/or the 2013 and 2014 cyberattacks of Peraton’s electronic information systems.

For more information about the OPM Data Breach Settlement an how to submit your claim, please click here.

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