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Case Number: 4:21-CV-149
Judge: John A. Ross
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis County)
Defendant's Attorney: Gavin Reinke, Kristine McAlister Brown, Robb E. Hellwig, Shifali Baliga
Description: St. Louis, Missouri personal injury lawyer represented Plaintiff who sued defendant a class action negligence property damages theory relating to a data breach.
Belden, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets networking, connectivity, cable products and solutions for industrial automation, smart buildings and broadcast markets.
The settlement has been reached with Belden, Inc. (“Belden”) in a class action lawsuit asserting claims against Belden relating to a data security incident that occurred in November 2020 in which a third party launched a criminal cyberattack against Belden and gained unauthorized access to Belden’s servers (the “Cyberattack”), which included certain personally identifiable information of certain of Belden’s current and former employees and/or their beneficiaries. Plaintiffs claim that Belden bears legal responsibility for the Cyberattack. Belden denies all of the claims. The settlement does not establish who is correct and is not an admission of fault, but rather is a compromise to end the lawsuit.
The settlement includes all individuals residing in the United States to whom Belden or its authorized representative sent a notice concerning the Cyberattack.
The settlement provides payments to people who submit valid claims for certain documented unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses; documented unreimbursed fees for credit reports, credit monitoring and identity theft protection services they purchased from November 24, 2020 to October 26, 2022; and compensation for time they spent remedying issues related to the Cyberattack. It also provides for forty-two (42) months of complimentary identity protection and credit monitoring services.
Submit a Claim Form
DEADLINE: February 8, 2023
This is the only way to receive a payment under this settlement.
Ask to be Excluded
DEADLINE: January 24, 2023
You will not receive a payment, but you will retain any rights you currently have with respect to Belden and the issues in this case. This is the only option that allows you to bring your own lawsuit against Belden related to the Cyberattack.
DEADLINE: January 24, 2023
Write to the Court about why you do not like the settlement.
Go to the Hearing
DATE: April 19, 2023
Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement.
Get no payment. Give up rights to submit a claim or bring a different lawsuit against Belden related to the Cyberattack.
These rights and options-and the deadlines to exercise them-are explained in this notice.
The Court that is presiding over this case still has to decide whether to grant final approval of the settlement. Payments will only be made after the Court grants final approval of the settlement and after any appeals are resolved.
Outcome: 04/19/2023 71 ELECTRONIC MINUTE ENTRY (no pdf attached) for proceedings held before District Judge John A. Ross: Final Fairness Hearing held on 4/19/2023. Arguments heard. The Court approves the settlement. Order to follow. (Court Reporter:Lisa Paczkowski, Lisa_Paczkowski@moed.uscourts.gov, 314-244-7985) (proceedings started: 9:58 am) (proceedings ended: 10:26 am) (Deputy Clerk: J.Bernsen)(Appearance for Plaintiff: William Federman)(Appearance for Defendant: Robb Hellwig, Shifali Baliga) (JAB) (Entered: 04/19/2023)
04/19/2023 72 FINAL APPROVAL ORDER AND JUDGMENT: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT: 1. The Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this Action and over all claims raised therein and all Parties thereto, including the Settlement Class. SEE ORDER FOR DETAILS. Signed by District Judge John A. Ross on 4/19/23. (JAB) (Entered: 04/19/2023)