Sony Data Breach $8M Settlement Gets Final Approval

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By Daniel R. Stoller

April 6 — A federal judge gave final approval April 6 to a $8 million class action settlement to settle allegation by ex-employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. whose personal information was stolen during a computer hack linked to the 2014 release of the movie “The Interview".

Judge R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California approved the class settlement which will extend identity protection services for class members through December 2017. In addition, Sony will “establish a $2 million non-reversionary fund to reimburse” class members for preventative measures taken to prevent identity theft related to the cybersecurity attack and $2.5 million to class members who “experience actual” losses from identity theft related to the hack.

The settlement also includes $3.49 million in attorney's fees.

U.S. officials blamed North Korean hackers angered over the satirical comedy which was about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un . The cyberattack destroyed company data and caused the movie studio to initially cancel the release of the movie.

Keller Rohrback LLP, Girard Gibbs LLP and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP represented the class plaintiffs. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP represented Sony.

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