In Re Anthem Inc. Customer Data Breach Litigation
In re Anthem, Inc. Customer Data Breach Security Litigation
United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division
Case No. 15-MD-02617-LHK
On August 15, 2018, the Court granted final approval to the settlement in the Anthem Inc Customer Data Breach Litigation. The distribution of the settlement benefits to the settlement class members was completed in November 2019. For more information about the settlement, please visit the Settlement Administrators website at www.databreach-settlement.com.
In early 2015, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. filed two Class Action Complaints against Anthem, Inc. (‘Anthem’) on behalf of current and former members and employees affected by the data breach disclosed by Anthem on February 4, 2015. These cases and many others were consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and are proceeding before Judge Koh of the Northern District of California as the litigation entitled In re Anthem, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation.
Plaintiffs in the consolidated case allege Anthem failed to secure and protect the sensitive and confidential data entrusted to them, including full names, social security numbers, birth dates, medical identification numbers, home addresses, email addresses, along with other Personally Identifying Information (‘PII’) under their control.
Plaintiffs also allege that Anthem’s failure to secure, protect and encrypt the PII has left 80 million individuals vulnerable to the misuse of their data and a lifelong battle to control any damage, such as fraudulent tax returns, stolen identities and/or medical fraud resulting from the breach.
Anthem, formerly known as WellPoint, runs health care plans under the Blue Cross Blue Shield, Empire Blue Cross, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, DeCare, HealthKeepers and Golden West brands.
Protecting Your Private Information
The Federal Trade Commission’s website is a great resource for information on immediate steps to take if you’ve been exposed to a data breach: https://www.identitytheft.gov.