Notice of LifeBridge Security Incident Class Action Settlement
This is not a solicitation from a lawyer. A Maryland Circuit Court has authorized the Notice. Please read the Notice carefully and completely.
• A Settlement Agreement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against LifeBridge Health, Inc. (“LifeBridge”), arising out of two security incidents that LifeBridge publicly announced around May 15, 2018, and June 29, 2020, respectively. In the first incident, some of LifeBridge’s affiliated computer network systems were the target of an unauthorized cyberattack. In the second incident, an unauthorized user fraudulently obtained access to copies of documents held by M&T Bank in its lockbox account for LifeBridge’s affiliate, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Inc. (collectively, the “Security Incidents”).
• If you received a notice from or on behalf of LifeBridge about either of the Security Incidents, you are included in this Settlement as a “Class Member.”
• Under the Settlement, LifeBridge has agreed to compensate certain losses arising from the Security Incidents:
• Reimbursement for lost time: Receive cash payments for lost time spent responding to the Security Incidents, up to three (3) hours of lost time, at $20/hour (up to $60), if at least one full hour was spent dealing with the Security Incidents. Receive two (2) additional hours of lost time, at $20/hour, if you have documented extraordinary losses as discussed below. You may receive compensation by submitting a certification describing the time you spent.
• Reimbursement for ordinary losses: Receive cash payments for ordinary losses incurred responding to the Security Incidents, up to $250 per person, upon submission of a claim and supporting documentation for (a) out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the Security Incidents, including bank fees, long distance phone charges, cell phone charges (only if charged by the minute), data charges (only if charged based on amount of data used), postage, or gasoline for local travel; (b) fees for credit reports, credit monitoring, or other identity theft insurance product purchased between May 15, 2018, and August 5, 2022; and (c) costs associated with freezing or unfreezing credit with any credit reporting agency, provided that you requested the credit freeze as a result of the LifeBridge Security Incident announced in May 2018.
• Reimbursement for extraordinary losses: Receive cash payments for extraordinary losses incurred responding to the Security Incidents, up to $5,000 per person for proven monetary loss, if (a) the loss is an actual, documented, and unreimbursed (except from the claimant’s insurer) monetary loss; (b) the loss was fairly and reasonably traceable to the Security Incidents; (c) the loss occurred between September 27, 2016, and February 1, 2023; and (d) the loss is not already covered by one or more of the normal reimbursement categories.
• The total compensation LifeBridge will pay to participating Settlement Class Members shall not exceed $800,000. If qualifying claims exceed $800,000 in losses, compensation will be reduced pro rata. In addition, LifeBridge has agreed to provide additional security measures with an approximated value of $7.9 million. LifeBridge will also separately pay the costs of settlement administration, court-approved attorneys’ fees and expenses up to a maximum of $775,000, and service awards for the Representative Plaintiffs.
• Multiple Claims by Class Members: If you are a Class Member whose information may have been compromised as a result of both of the Security Incidents, you may make a claim for reimbursement as addressed above related to either Security Incident or both of them.
• Your legal rights will be affected whether you act or do not act. You should read the entire Notice carefully.
|YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT:|
|01 Claims Filing Deadline:
February 1, 2023
|Submitting a Claim Form is the only way that you can receive any of the benefits provided by this Settlement, including reimbursement for out-of-pocket losses of money, expenses incurred, and/or time spent addressing issues related to the compromise of your information, or reimbursement for extraordinary losses that are fairly and reasonably traceable to the Security Incidents.
If you submit a Claim Form, you will forever give up the right to sue LifeBridge and certain related parties in a separate lawsuit about the legal claims this Settlement resolves.
|02 Deadline to Exclude Yourself from this Settlement:
October 4, 2022
|This is the only option that allows you to be part of another lawsuit against LifeBridge, or certain related parties, for the claims this Settlement resolves.
If you exclude yourself, you will give up the right to receive any benefits from this Settlement.
|03 Deadline to Object to this Settlement:
October 4, 2022
|You may object to the Settlement by filing with the Court a written objection informing the Court why you don’t think the Settlement or the requested attorney’s fees and expenses should be approved. You also may file with the Court written comments or reasons why you support the Settlement. If you file an objection to the Settlement, you must also serve a copy of your objection on the Settlement Administrator at LifeBridge Settlement, Attn: Objection, PO Box 58220, Philadelphia, PA 19102.|
|04 Final Fairness Hearing:
October 26, 2022 AT 2:00 P.M. ET
|You can attend the Final Fairness Hearing where the Court may hear arguments concerning approval of the Settlement. That hearing will be conducted by remote electronic means. If you wish to speak at the Final Fairness Hearing, you must make a request to do so in your written objection or comment. You are not required to attend the Final Fairness Hearing.|
|05 Do Nothing||If you do nothing, you will not receive any of the Settlement benefits and you will give up your rights to sue LifeBridge and certain related parties for the claims this Settlement resolves.|
• These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Notice.
• The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement and the requested attorneys’ fees and expenses. No Settlement benefits or payments will be provided unless and until the Court approves the Settlement and it becomes final.