Supermarket Chain Settles Massive Data Breach Lawsuit


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Schnuck Markets recently agreed to a proposed class action settlement following the compromise of approximately 2.4 million credit and debit cards earlier this year (h/t

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, the supermarket chain will pay up to $10 to affected customers for each credit or debit card that was compromised and hit with fraudulent charges. Those customers will also be reimbursed for bank, overdraft and late fees, as well as $10 per hour for up to three hours of documented time spent dealing with the breach -- those expenses will be capped at $175 per class member.

The total payment for all claims will be capped at $1.6 million -- if claims exceed $1.6 million, customers are still guaranteed at least $5 per compromised card.

Schnuck Markets will also pay up to $10,000 per related identity theft loss, with the total capped at $300,000; up to $635,000 for plaintiff and settlement attorneys' fees; and $500 to each of the nine named plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The settlement states that Schnucks denies any wrongdoing, but considers it desirable that the case be settled and dismissed to avoid further expense and disruption.

St. Louis Circuit Judge David Dowd is expected to rule on the proposed settlement in the coming weeks.