EQUIFAX DATA BREACH SETTLEMENT

Welcome To The Equifax Data Breach Settlement Website

  

Important Update:

The Settlement received final approval from the Court on January 13, 2020.  You may review the Final Approval Order and Final Order and Judgment by clicking here.  

The Court gave final approval to the Settlement and overruled all objections on January 13, 2020.  However, some of those that objected to the Settlement have now appealed the Court’s decision to approve the Settlement.  By order of the Court, the Settlement cannot become final until all appeals are resolved and there is currently no timeline for the resolution of these appeals. When the appellate court enters a schedule for the appeal, we will update this website to provide individuals with more guidance as to the timing of a decision. Please check back for further updates.

 

In September of 2017, Equifax announced it experienced a data breach, which impacted the personal information of approximately 147 million people.  A federal court approved a class action Settlement that resolves lawsuits brought by consumers after the data breach.  Equifax denied any wrongdoing and no judgment or finding of wrongdoing was made.

If you are a class member, the deadline to file Initial Claims Period claim(s) for free credit monitoring or up to $125 cash payment and other cash reimbursement passed on January 22, 2020. 

Please note that no Settlement benefits will be distributed or available until the Settlement becomes effective. The Settlement will become effective after all appeals have been resolved in favor of the Settlement.  If you requested a cash benefit during the Initial Claims Period, the amount you receive may be significantly reduced depending on how many valid claims are submitted by other class members. Based on the number of potentially valid claims that have been submitted to date, payments for time spent and alternative compensation of up to $125 likely will be substantially lowered and will be distributed on a proportional basis if the Settlement becomes effective. Depending on the number of valid claims filed, the amount you receive may be a small percentage of your initial claim.

 

Extended Claims Period Claims

If you were impacted by the Equifax data breach, you may seek reimbursement for valid Out of Pocket losses or Time Spent (excluding losses of money and time associated with freezing or unfreezing credit reports or purchasing credit monitoring or identity theft protection) incurred during the Extended Claims Period if you have not received reimbursement for the claimed loss through other means.

To be eligible, your claim for Out-of-Pocket Losses or Time Spent must occur between January 23, 2020 and January 22, 2024 (the “Extended Claims Period”).
 

File an Extended Claims Period Claim Today

 


During the Extended Claims Period, impacted class members may submit claim(s) for cash reimbursement. You may be eligible for the following reimbursement cash payments for:

  • Time Spent during the Extended Claims Period recovering from fraud, identity theft, or other misuse of your personal information caused by the data breach up to 20 total hours at $25 per hour.
  • Out-of-Pocket Losses during the Extended Claims Period resulting from the data breach up to $20,000.

In order to submit a claim for Time Spent or Out-of-Pocket Losses during the Extended Claims Period, you must certify that you have not received reimbursement for the claimed loss through other means.


Free Identity Restoration Services:  When the Settlement becomes effective, you will be eligible for at least 7 years of free assisted identity restoration services to help you remedy the effects of identity theft and fraud.
 

 

Find Out if Your Information Was Impacted

If so, you may be eligible to file an Extended Claims Period claim.

 

Your Legal Rights and Options

 

Your Legal Rights And Options In This Settlement Deadline
File a claim for Out-of-Pocket Losses or Time Spent The deadline to file a claim for Out-of-Pocket Losses or Time Spent that occurred through January 22, 2020 has passed.

You may seek reimbursement for valid Out-of-Pocket Losses or Time Spent (excluding losses of money and time associated with freezing or unfreezing credit reports or purchasing credit monitoring or identity theft protection) incurred during the Extended Claims Period (between January 23, 2020 and January 22, 2024) if you have not received reimbursement for the claimed loss through other means.

For more detailed information, see FAQs 7 and 8.
January 22, 2020 (PASSED)

January 22, 2024 (For future losses and time)
File a claim for Credit Monitoring Services or Alternative Reimbursement Compensation The deadline to submit a claim to receive the Free Credit Monitoring Services offered under the Settlement, or Alternative Reimbursement Compensation has passed. For more detailed information, see FAQs 8 and 10. January 22, 2020 (PASSED)
File a claim for Equifax Subscription Product Reimbursement The deadline to submit a claim to receive reimbursement for Equifax Subscription Product Reimbursements has passed. January 22, 2020 (PASSED)
Access to Identity Restoration Services You may access Identity Restoration Services after the Settlement becomes effective, whether or not you make a claim under the Settlement. For more detailed information, see FAQ 11. Services will be available for at least 7 years beginning after the Settlement becomes effective.
Exclude yourself from the Settlement The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement has passed. November 19, 2019 (PASSED)
Object or comment on the Settlement The deadline to object to the Settlement has passed. November 19, 2019 (PASSED)
Do nothing If you do nothing, you can still access Identity Restoration Services, but will not be entitled to any other benefits provided under the Settlement. If the Settlement becomes effective, you will give up your rights to sue Equifax separately for claims relating to the Data Breach or to continue to pursue any such claims you have already filed.  

 

Your Legal Rights And Options In This Settlement Deadline

File a claim for Out-of-Pocket Losses or Time Spent

The deadline to file a claim for Out-of-Pocket Losses or Time Spent that occurred through January 22, 2020 has passed.

Submit a claim to receive reimbursement for Out-of-Pocket Losses and/or Time Spent. You may claim Out-of-Pocket Losses, Time Spent, and Credit Monitoring Services under the Settlement depending on whether you file claim(s) during the Initial or Extended Claims Period.

You may seek reimbursement for valid Out-of-Pocket Losses or Time Spent (excluding losses of money and time associated with freezing or unfreezing credit reports or purchasing credit monitoring or identity theft protection) incurred during the Extended Claims Period (between January 23, 2020 and January 22, 2024) if you have not received reimbursement for the claimed loss through other means.

For more detailed information, see FAQs 7 and 8.

January 22, 2020 (For current losses and time) (PASSED)

January 22, 2024 (For future losses and time)
File a claim for Credit Monitoring Services or Alternative Reimbursement Compensation
Submit a claim to receive the Free Credit Monitoring Services offered under the Settlement, or Alternative Reimbursement Compensation. For more detailed information, see FAQs 8 and 10.
January 22, 2020 (PASSED)
File a claim for Equifax Subscription Product Reimbursement
Submit a claim to receive reimbursement for Equifax Subscription Product Reimbursements.
January 22, 2020 (PASSED)
Access to Identity Restoration Services
You may access Identity Restoration Services after the Settlement becomes effective regardless of whether or not you make a claim under the Settlement. For more detailed information, see FAQ 11.
Services will be available for at least 7 years beginning after the Settlement becomes effective.
Exclude yourself from the Settlement
The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement has passed. 
November 19, 2019 (PASSED)
Object or comment on the Settlement
The deadline to object to the Settlement has passed. 
November 19, 2019 (PASSED)
Do nothing
If you do nothing, you can still access Identity Restoration Services, but will not be entitled to any other benefits provided under the Settlement. If the Settlement becomes effective, you will give up your rights to sue Equifax separately for claims relating to the Data Breach or to continue to pursue any such claims you have already filed.