British Airways had a website hack and data breach that exposed the payment information of more than 380,000 customers back in 2018.
The airline was quickly led to court, with the lawyers and BA reaching an agreement about the payment this past July. The firm handling the class-action case, PGMBM, sent out emails last night to a group of members informing them about the payment amounts.
You can access BA here.
Three claimants categories:
SPG Law’s/PGMBM’s costs:
You do not have to pay us anything in respect of charges for the time we spent working on your claim (Costs) or expenses we incurred in bringing and settling your claim (Disbursements) – we have recovered a contribution towards these from BA.
However, for transparency and in accordance with our professional obligations to you, we are still required to tell you what Costs and Disbursements were incurred in your Claim:
- Disbursements: £155
- Costs¹: £2754
We did not recover all of the above Costs and Disbursements from BA but we are absorbing the shortfall of what we did not recover ourselves. The Client Committee has reviewed, agreed and given us the necessary instructions on your behalf in relation to these Costs and Disbursements pursuant to their authority under the LMA.
It would be interesting to know the exact amount that PGMBM was paid by BA for acting on behalf of the class, as the amount they claim to have incurred per claimant appears to be high compared to what class members got.
An email that a reader forwarded to us:
Here’s what happened with BA and the breach:
It would be interesting to know what readers received as payment by belonging to one of the three above-mentioned categories. However, the terms of the settlement state that you should not disclose the amount, so you may have to be creative in your comments.