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T-Mobile to pay $350m to settle class action lawsuit

The news follows a breach that exposed the personal data of over 40 million customers in 2021

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T-Mobile has settled a class action lawsuit by agreeing to pay $350 million.

This comes months after the mobile firm was hit by a massive cyber attack that compromised users’ personal data, including but not limited to, social security numbers and SSN.

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“Our preliminary analysis is that approximately 7.8 million current T-Mobile postpaid customer accounts’ information appears to be contained in the stolen files, as well as just over 40 million records of former or prospective customers who had previously applied for credit with T-Mobile,” reported T-Mobile in August 2021.

The company declared, in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday, that the funds will support claims by class members and pay legal fees put forth by plaintiffs' counsel, in addition to covering settlement costs. 

However, T-Mobile affirmed the settlement contains no admission of liability, wrongdoing, or responsibility by any of the defendants.

The firm also announced its plans to, with a gross fund of $150 million, fortify its data security and pertinent technologies the following year.

As matters stand, T-Mobile awaits court approval of the terms of the settlement and anticipates the deal to close as early as December 2022.

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