United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Case No. 2:20-cv-02246-JAR-TJJ
UPDATE: On 3/12/2021 the Court ordered Email and Postcard Notices were distributed. For Further information regarding the Email Notice please see FAQ25 in the FAQS section of this website.
If Wichita State University (“WSU”) notified you of a December 2019 Data Incident, you may be eligible for a payment from a class action settlement.
• A Settlement has been reached in a proposed class-action lawsuit called Bahnmaier v. Wichita State University, Case No. 2:20-cv-02246-JAR-TJJ in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, concerning a cyber-attack that occurred as a result of criminals accessing the computer systems at Wichita State University (“WSU”) and potentially compromising personal information (“Data Incident”).
• The Data Incident happened between December 3, 2019 and December 5, 2019. WSU was the victim of a cyber-attack in which criminals may have gained unauthorized access to certain student and employee web portals. The Lawsuit alleges that the Data Incident potentially exposed personally identifiable information (“PII”), including names, email addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security Numbers of approximately 443,000 individuals. WSU denies the claims in the lawsuit, including that any personal information was accessed, and says it did not do anything wrong.
• The Settlement includes all Persons who were sent notification by WSU of the Data Incident announced by WSU in March 2020. It specifically excludes: (i) WSU and its officers and directors; (ii) all Settlement Class Members who timely and validly request exclusion from the class; (iii) Judge Julie A. Robinson, who is assigned to evaluate the fairness of this Settlement, and her staff and family; (iv) Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James and her staff and family; and (v) any other person found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be guilty under criminal law of initiating, causing, aiding or abetting the criminal activity occurrence of the Data Incident or who pleads nolo contendere to any such charge.
• The Settlement provides payments, up to $300 per Person, to people who submit Valid Claims for documented out-of-pocket expenses related to the Data Incident and for up to three hours of time spent dealing with the Data Incident, at $20 per hour.
Your legal rights are affected even if you do nothing. Read this website carefully.
The only way to get a payment. You must file a Claim by July 12, 2021.
Ask to Opt-Out of the Settlement
Get no payment. The only option that allows you to sue WSU over the claims resolved by this Settlement. You must request to opt-out of the Settlement by June 10, 2021.
Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement. You must submit an objection by June 10, 2021.
Get no payment. Give up rights to sue WSU for the claims in this case.
These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained on this website.
The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to grant final approval of the Settlement. Payments will only be made after the Court grants final approval of the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved.
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