Manatee County Florida School District Employee Class Action Settlement
All current and former Manatee County School District employees, whose W-2 data was compromised as a result of the data disclosure which occurred on or about January 26, 2017.
Members of the class can receive among other benefits reimbursement for Identity Theft Protection Plans or an extension of their AllClearID membership
Claim A: Settlement Class Members who had a false or fraudulent tax return filed after January 26, 2017, will be eligible for a payment of $250. Claimants must provide proof of the false tax return being filed and attest that they have no knowledge of a false/fraudulent return being filed in their name in the 3 years prior to 2017.
Claim B: Settlement Class Members who had an IRS tax transcript requested without authorization using their personally identifiable information after January 26, 2017, and submitted an Identity Theft Affidavit to the IRS will be eligible for payment of $150. Claimants must provide proof of the tax transcript request and submission of the Identity Theft Affidavit, and attest that they have no knowledge of an IRS tax transcript being fraudulently requested using their PII in the 3 years prior to 2017.
Claim C: Settlement Class Members who experienced incidents of identity theft, other than the filing of a false/fraudulent tax return or unauthorized request for an IRS tax transcript, after January 26, 2017, will be eligible for payment of $150. Excluded from eligibility are incidents of fraudulent charges on existing credit cards. Claimants must provide documentation of the fraudulent activity or a personal attestation of the details of such activity including why documentation is not available. Additionally, Settlement Class Members making a claim under Claim C must attest that they have no knowledge of incidents of identity theft, other than fraudulent credit card activity, in the 3 years prior to 2017.
Claim D: Settlement Class Members who claim they suffered out-of-pocket expenses (other than the purchase of identity theft service) as a result of the Data Disclosure will be eligible for reimbursement of such in an amount not to exceed $500. Claimants must submit reasonable documentation supporting the claim for expenses. Settlement Class Members can also submit a self-verifying statement for time spent dealing with the effects of the breach and be reimbursed for up to 3 hours at $15/hour under this claim. Before recovery under Claim D, a Class Member must first submit their claim to AllClear ID and have that claim denied or exhausted and exhaust the appeal process.
Proof of Purchase
Albert, et al. v. School Board of Manatee Country Florida, Case No. 17-CA-004113,
Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for Manatee County, Florida
In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs brought claims against the School Board for negligence and breach of implied contract based on the alleged compromise of W-2 tax data as a result of a Data Disclosure which occurred on or about January 2017.
The School Board denies any wrongdoing and denies all claims asserted against it in the lawsuit.
Both sides have agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid the cost, delay, and uncertainty of litigation.