Due to such a large data leak of consumer’s personal information most claimants should qualify for at least the minimum $125 settlement, but it also signals long-term risks for identity theft which can be problematic in the future if the minimum settlement is accepted.
It is important to note that the $125 Alternative Reimbursement Compensation may be reduced by the number of valid claims filed by Equifax customers as benefits will be disbursed on a proportional basis. See the Equifax Data Breach Settlement website for further information.
Settlement options available to claimants are provided below.
Option #2: Cash payment of up to $20,000 for:
Option #3: You are entitled to a minimum of seven (7) years of free identity restoration services after the settlement becomes final on December 19 even if you do not file a claim if it is confirmed that your credit data was compromised in the breach. Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement administrator for additional help.
Consumers who fail to file a claim will forfeit all benefits provided under the final settlement agreement once approved in federal court.
How to opt-out of the Equifax data breach settlement
Consumers may choose to opt-out of the Equifax class action lawsuit settlement if they find that their data was compromised in the breach and can prove losses above the $125 settlement offer.
The opt-out option does not forfeit your rights to claim damages against Equifax and claimants can still file a separate lawsuit against the company.
Claimants with losses above the $125 settlement agreement due to an Equifax-related identity theft or fraud are eligible for damages of $25 per hour spent in identity restoration activities up to a maximum of $20,000.
Seek additional legal advice from an attorney for damages in excess of $20,000.
Claimants wanting to opt-out of the class action settlement offer of $125 in lieu of filing a separate lawsuit must submit a “request for exclusion” in writing by November 19.
Consumers who fail to file a claim for the Equifax data breach class action settlement forfeit all rights to future claims for damages.
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