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Premera Blue Cross Data Breach

Stoll Berne served as liaison counsel in multi-district litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. In March 2020, US District Court Judge Michael Simon approved a $32 million settlement that resolved litigation against Premera Blue Cross over the health insurer’s 2015 data breach that affected an estimated 11 million customers and employees. In a 58-page order, Judge Michael H. Simon said the proposed settlement is fair, considering that the proposed class members have “several strong arguments” regarding Premera’s allegedly inadequate data security measures. In addition to the cash settlement, Premera agreed to guarantee a minimum of $42 million in funding for its information security program over the next 3 years, and implement and/or maintain a number of specific changes to its information security practices.

"To go back to where Mr. Dubanevich started, I do think one of the most important things in a multidistrict litigation or a complex lawsuit of this sort is that all counsel on all sides not only vigorously represent their clients and respective interests but also act in the highest interest of professionalism of an attorney, and I think that all sides have acted impressively and admirably in this case."