Target Offers $10 Million Settlement In Data Breach Lawsuit

Target has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit related to the company’s 2013 data breach.

Court documents show hacking victims could get as much as $10,000 apiece.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson indicated a hearing Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., that he planned to grant preliminary approval of the 97-page settlement, The Associated Press reported.

As the Two-Way reported, Target said immediately after the breach that “as many as 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted” in the hack. But that number quickly ballooned 70 million people affected when taking into consideration other personal information that was stolen. The breach affected holiday shoppers at Target from Nov. 27 through Dec. 18 2013.

The retailer now estimates that about 42 million people had their credit or debit information stolen, according to the court documents, with the largest totals coming from California (7.8 million), Texas (3.6 million) and Florida (2.9 million).

Target also estimates that close to 61 million people had their personal data stolen. That information could include names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

The proposed settlement would also require the Minneapolis-based Target Corp. to implement changes to its security policies within 10 business days of the settlement becoming effective.

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Main Street Winter Haven Internal Inquiry Finds No Conflict of Interest

WINTER HAVEN | While Main Street Winter Haven has officially denied conflict of interest allegations involving its executive director in an internal investigation report sent in to the state, a claim in the report has stirred new controversy.

The 12-page report not only denies the claims made to the state in January by Jessie Skubna, co-owner of Jessie’s Lounge, but it also says the board reached out to her to expand on her complaint about Main Street Executive Director Anita Strang having a conflict of interest.

Skubna, however, said she never heard from the committee conducting the investigation.

“(Skubna) declined to respond to our request for additional information,” the committee wrote in the report sent July 17 to the Florida Division of Historic Resources, which oversees the Main Street operation.

The report, issued nearly six months after the complaint was filed, said Skubna did not reply to a letter that was sent to her seeking her comments.

But the letter was sent to the wrong address for Jessie’s Lounge. Jessie’s is located on Third Street Southwest, but, according to the report, the letter went sent to Third Street Northwest.

“I was actually really surprised the board never contacted me,” Skubna said. “I don’t get that. They could have emailed to see if I got (the letter). They could have called. Nothing.”

You can read the rest of this article here as it originally appeared on page B1 of The Ledger.