$63 Million OPM Settlement Granted Final Approval

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on October 26 granted final approval of a $63 million settlement of a data breach class action against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The settlement benefits the approximately 22 million federal employees and job applicants whose personal information was compromised in a major 2015 hack reportedly perpetrated by the Chinese government.

Girard Sharp serves as sole lead counsel in the multidistrict litigation.

The settlement ends a seven-year legal effort to win compensation from the government. The settlement will compensate victims who suffered a financial loss as a result of the hack, providing for minimum payments of $700, even for those with minor expenses.

Class members can submit a claim up until December 23, 2022, at https://www.opmdatabreach.com/Home/SubmitClaim.

The Washington Post previously reported on the $63 million settlement, noting the unusual difficulties of the OPM litigation and the “high bar” to recovery given governmental immunity. Additionally, had the case proceeded, “OPM would likely refuse to disclose information about its data security practices because of national security concerns.”

The Post also quoted Girard Sharp partner Jordan Elias describing the settlement: “Under the circumstances that we faced, we think it’s pretty darn good.”

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