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Lead plaintiffs Melissa Frank, Debbie Farnoush, Joanne Kao, and Hilary Remijas, filed the Neiman Marcus data breach class action lawsuit in January of 2014. The class action lawsuit alleged hackers gained entrance to the payment card systems, which revealed the financial data of thousands of Neiman Marcus customers.
The class action lawsuit states hackers allegedly attached malware to customer computer operating systems between July 16, 2013 and October 30, 2013 in many of the stores operated by Neiman Marcus. Court documents reveal the malware initiated during specific days and hours that varied among the upscale retailer’s stores. Subsidiaries Cusp, Last Call, and Bergdorf Goodman also experienced computer security breaches. Class counsel has stated that more than 370,000 Neiman Marcus accounts received the malware.
Under the terms of the class action settlement agreed to in March of 2017, Neiman Marcus Group will create a settlement fund worth about $1.6 million to distribute monetary rewards to qualifying class members. The class action settlement also mandates that Neiman Marcus Group improve business practices by enacting measures that protect the personal information of customers. Neiman Marcus Group has created several executive positions that manage the retailer’s new data security program.
What You Need To Know
Court Documents reveal eligible class members in the Neiman Marcus data breach class action settlement “include U.S. residents who held a credit card or debit card account that was used to make a purchase at any Neiman Marcus Group store from July 16, 2013 to Jan. 10, 2014. Neiman Marcus Group stores include physical stores under the names Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp, and Last Call. They do not include any restaurants within those stores, and they do not include any websites or online stores.” Neiman Marcus customers covered under the class action settlement have the potential to receive a financial award up to $100. The amount of the potential award depends on the number of class members who file valid and timely claims.
Besides the filing of a claim form, eligible class members do not have to submit additional paperwork, such as receipts for proof of purchase. The deadline to file a valid claim form is January 17, 2018. The judge overseeing the case Hilary Remijas, et al. v. The Neiman Marcus Group LLC, Case No. 1:14-cv-01735, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has scheduled the final hearing on October 26, 2017. To learn more about the final hearing, as well as updates concerning the class action settlement, access the website www.NMsettlement.com.
Two law firms have attorneys working as class counsel for the Neiman Marcus class action settlement. David H. Hoffman, Geeta Malhotra, and Daniel C. Craig from Sidley Austin LLP represent the defense counsel.