Wawa Data Breach Settlement
Wawa has agreed to pay up to $13 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that came after a massive data breach that exposed customers’ sensitive information. This Wawa data breach settlement includes up to $10 million for customers and $3 million in fees. The company also had to spend $35 million for upgrading its cybersecurity
Under a proposed settlement filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Friday, the convenience store chain would provide customers with up to $8 million in Wawa gift cards and pay up to $1 million in cash payments to affected consumers. A judge overseeing the case must still approve the settlement. Wawa customers who used their payment cards at Wawa between March 4 and Dec. 12, 2019 will get gift cards. Customers who experienced out-of-pocket losses will receive up to $1 million in cash payments.
In the proposed settlement, customers will fall into one of three class groups:
- The first group includes those who bought something at Wawa using their credit or debit card during the incident period and spent time monitoring their account because of the breach. Those Class members will get a $5 gift card.
- The second is for customers who made a purchase and can submit proof of a fraudulent charge or attempted charge, in exchange for a $15 gift card.
- The third is for customers who can show any losses suffered as a result of using their card at Wawa during the security breach. Those members can get up to $500.
The data breach affected all Wawa stores. It may have compromised millions of payment cards, cybersecurity experts said at the time. Criminals may have sold the information online.
A website will be launched for the Wawa data breach settlement soon.