Abrams v The Savannah College of Art & Design, Inc.
NOTICE: The Final Approval Hearing in this matter has been rescheduled to September 22, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
A court has authorized the Notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.
If You Were Subject to The Savannah College of Art and Design Data Security Incident and Previously Received a Notice Letter Notifying You of the Data Security Incident,
You Could be Eligible for Payment from a Class Action Settlement
•You may be eligible to receive a payment from a proposed $375,000 non-reversionary class action settlement (the “Settlement Fund”).
•The class action lawsuit concerns a data security incident that occurred in or around August 2022 (the “Data Security Incident”) involving The Savannah College of Art and Design, Inc. (“SCAD” or “Defendant”) in which it was determined that an unauthorized third party may have gained access to certain SCAD files containing current and former students’ and certain employees’ sensitive personal information, including names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth (“Private Information”). SCAD denies any wrongdoing and denies that it has any liability but has agreed to settle the lawsuit on a class wide basis.
•To be eligible to make a claim, you must have received a notice letter of the SCAD Data Security Incident that occurred in August 2022.
•Eligible claimants under the Settlement Agreement will be eligible to receive one, two and/or three of the following Settlement benefits:
•Out-of-Pocket Loses: Reimbursement for the actual amount of unreimbursed out-of-pocket losses or expenses up to $5,000, with supporting documentation of the monetary losses or expenses;
•Lost Time: Compensation of up to $125 for time spent dealing with issues related to the Data Security Incident, including but not limited to reviewing your accounts, enrolling in credit protection services, or responding to fraud, identity theft, or other alleged misuse of your personal information that is fairly traceable to the Data Security Incident; and/or,
•Pro Rata Cash Payment: $50 cash payment from the Settlement Fund that will be increased or decreased pro rata depending on the amount remaining in the Settlement Fund after allocation of the Settlement Fund for reimbursement of documented Out-of-Pocket Losses, payments for lost time, attorneys’ fees and expenses, and Notice and Administrative Expenses.
•For more information or to submit a Claim Form click HERE or call 1-888-230-9714 Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. C.S.T.
•Please read the Notice carefully. Your legal rights will be affected, and you have a choice to make at this time.
|SUMMARY OF LEGAL RIGHTS||DEADLINE(S)|
|Submit a Claim Form||The only way to receive payment.||Submitted or Postmarked on or Before August 8, 2023.|
|Exclude Yourself By Opting Out of the Class||Receive no payment. This is the only option that allows you to keep your right to bring any other lawsuit against Defendant for the same claims if you are a Class Member.||Submitted or Postmarked on or Before July 10, 2023.|
|Object to the Settlement and/or Attend the Fairness Hearing||You can write to the Court about why you agree or disagree with the Settlement. The Court cannot order a different Settlement. You can also ask to speak to the Court at the Final Approval Hearing on September 19, 2023, about the fairness of the Settlement, with or without your own attorney.||Received on or Before July 10, 2023.|
|Do Nothing||Receive no payment. Give up rights if you are a Class Member.||No Deadline.|
- Your rights and options as a Class Member – and the deadlines to exercise your rights – are explained in the Notice.
- The Court still will have to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Payments to Class Members will be made if the Court approves the Settlement and after any possible appeals are resolved.