If General Electric Company notified you in or around March of 2020 of a Data Incident, you may be eligible for compensation and/or credit monitoring benefits from a class action settlement.
ENROLL IN CREDIT MONITORING
TO RECEIVE AN ACTIVATION CODE FOR CREDIT MONITORING, YOU MAY CONTACT THE SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR BY EMAIL AT GECBPSSETTLEMENT@RG2CLAIMS.COM OR TOLL-FREE AT 1-866-742-4955
A class action settlement has been reached in the case of In re GE/CBPS Data Breach Litigation, Case No. 1:20-cv-02903-KPF, pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York before the Honorable Katherine Polk Failla. Under the proposed class action settlement, you may be entitled to cash compensation and/or eighteen (18) months of credit monitoring at no charge to you.
The lawsuit arises out of a third party’s unauthorized access of a dedicated email box maintained by Canon Business Process Services, Inc. (“Canon”) containing benefits-related information of certain current and former General Electric Company (“GE”) employees. GE and Canon deny wrongdoing and liability in connection with the allegations in the lawsuit.
On August 24, 2022, the Court preliminarily approved this settlement and, by agreement of the parties to the lawsuit, certified this lawsuit to proceed as a class action for settlement purposes only. The Court granted final approval of the settlement on March 28, 2023.
If you received notice from GE in or around March of 2020 regarding the Data Incident, you are a member of the Settlement Class. Excluded from the Settlement Class are all those persons who timely and validly request exclusion from the Settlement Class, as well as: (i) officers and directors of the Defendants and/or the Related Entities (as defined in the Settlement Agreement); (ii) Judge Katherine Polk Failla and her staff and family; and (iii) any other Person found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be guilty under criminal law of initiating, causing, aiding or abetting the criminal activity occurrence of the Data Incident or who pleads nolo contendere to any such charge.
If you are a Settlement Class Member, then you may be entitled to compensation and/or credit monitoring benefits under the terms of the Settlement. The proposed Settlement will provide the following benefits to Class Members:
Attested time reimbursement: All Settlement Class Members who submit a Valid Claim (as outlined in the Settlement Agreement) using the Claim Form are eligible to receive reimbursement of $18 per hour for up to four (4) hours of lost time in connection with efforts to remedy issues fairly traceable to the Data Incident.
Documented out-of-pocket expense reimbursement: All Settlement Class Members who submit a Valid Claim (as outlined in the Settlement Agreement) using the Claim Form are eligible for reimbursement for documented out-of-pocket expenses fairly traceable to the Data Incident. As outlined in the Settlement Agreement, claims for Attested time and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses are subject to a combined aggregate cap of $3,500.00 per Settlement Class Member.
Credit Monitoring: All Settlement Class Members are eligible for eighteen (18) months of free credit monitoring offered through Financial Shield Services. The Financial Shield enrollment website will be active as of April 27, 2023, and you will need the activation code you received on the credit monitoring registration portal to enroll. You may visit https://app.financialshield.com/information/gecb to enroll with Financial Shield. If you signed up to receive an email reminder, the email reminder notice will be sent on or about April 27, 2023 and will include your Financial Shield activation code to enroll. To receive credit monitoring for the full 18-month period, you must enroll on April 27, 2023. If you enroll after April 27, 2023, you will not receive the full 18-month period. For example, if you enroll in Financial Shield in month six (6), you will only receive twelve (12) months of Financial Shield. the credit monitoring and protection services will begin on the date you activate your benefits and will be available through October 28, 2024.
If you cannot locate the activation code, or you have not yet requested an activation code and need one, you may contact the Settlement Administrator by email at GECBPSsettlement@rg2claims.com or toll-free at 1-866-742-4955.
If you are a Settlement Class Member and you wish to file a claim, object to the Settlement, or exclude yourself from the Settlement, you must follow the procedures contained in the Settlement Agreement and outlined in the Notice.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS LAWSUIT
|DO NOTHING||You will be included in the Settlement Class but receive no benefits. You will be bound by the Court’s judgment of dismissal and release claims against Defendants relating to the Data Incident.||No deadline|
|SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM||Settlement Class Members can choose to submit a claim to receive Settlement benefits. You must submit a Valid Claim to the Claims Administrator to receive any monetary benefits from this Settlement.
You will be bound by the Court’s judgment of dismissal and release claims against Defendants relating to the Data Incident.
|December 22, 2022|
|ASK TO BE EXCLUDED||If you choose to exclude yourself (i.e., opt out), you will not be included in the Settlement. You will receive no benefits and you will not release any claims you may have against Defendants/Release Entities relating to the Data Incident.||November 22, 2022|
|OBJECT||If you wish to object to the Settlement, you must timely submit written notice of your objection to the Clerk of the Court, and send a copy of your objection to the attorneys for all Parties. If you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you cannot file an objection. Settlement Class Members who do not timely make their objections in this manner will be deemed to have waived all objections and shall not be heard or have the right to appeal approval of the Settlement.||November 22, 2022|
Your legal rights related to this lawsuit are affected whether you act or do not act. These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in the Notice.
The Final Approval Hearing for the Settlement is scheduled for February 22, 2023.