Motion for Preliminary Approval of Accellion Data Breach Settlement Filed in California Federal Court

Kristin L. Bryan of Squire Patton Boggs writes:

This week Plaintiffs in thirteen consolidated cases brought against Accellion and other defendants filed a motion for preliminary approval of a class action settlement in California federal court.  This development is notable for its resolution (if approved) only as to Accellion and for the categories of relief offered to class members.  In re Accellion, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, Case No. 21-cv-01155-EJD (E.D. Cal.).

First, some background.  In December 2020, Defendant Accellion notified its customers that it had experienced a data event.  According to filings in the litigation, cybercriminals targeted vulnerabilities in Accellion’s legacy file transfer (“FTA”) product during December 2020-January 2021.  The incident affected a number of public and private sector entities.  Litigation, including a number of California Consumer Privacy Act class action lawsuits, followed.

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