Castillo v. Seagate Technology LLC Settlement

Castillo, et al. v. Seagate Technology LLC
United States District Court, Northern District of California Case No: 4:15-cv-04429-RS

Welcome to the Castillo v. Seagate Technology LLC Settlement Website

Updated April 19, 2018

The Court has granted final approval of the settlement in the lawsuit entitled Castillo, et al., v. Seagate Technology LLC, 3:16-cv-01958-RS, and the settlement has now become final. The Settlement Administrator will begin distributing settlement benefits in accordance with the terms of the Settlement. If you are a class member and submitted a valid Election Form, the Settlement Administrator will send you instructions on how to enroll in identity theft protection benefits. If you have any questions, you may contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-866-677-2607 or info@CastillovSeagateSettlement.com.

Background

A proposed settlement has been reached in a lawsuit entitled Castillo, et al., v. Seagate Technology LLC, 3:16-cv-01958-RS, pending in the United States Federal District Court, Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that on or about March 1, 2016, Seagate was the victim of a phishing attack resulting in the disclosure of 2015 Form W-2 data of individuals who had worked for Seagate and certain corporate affiliates during the 2015 calendar year (“Data Incident”). Seagate maintains that it had meritorious defenses, and it was prepared to vigorously defend the lawsuit. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing or an indication that Seagate has violated any laws.

If you are a current or former Seagate employee whose 2015 Form W-2 data was involved in the Data Incident, you are a Settlement Employee Class Member.

If you jointly filed your federal income taxes for 2015 as a spouse, as defined by IRS requirements, with a Settlement Employee Class Member, you are a Qualifying Spouse, and you are a Settlement Third-Party Class Member.

If you jointly filed your federal income taxes for 2015 as a spouse, as defined by IRS requirements, with a Settlement Employee Class Member, you are a Qualifying Spouse, and you are a Settlement Third-Party Class Member.

If you are a Settlement Employee Class Member, and you have a Qualifying Spouse and/or Qualifying Adult Dependent whose information may have been impacted by the Data Incident, you should notify your Qualifying Spouse and/or Qualifying Adult Dependent of this Settlement immediately.

  • The Settlement provides that Settlement Employee and Settlement Third-Party Class Members (collectively “Settlement Class Members”) may be eligible for identity theft protection services, including:
    • Extended Identity Theft Protection. If you are a Settlement Employee Class Member who previously accepted coverage under Seagate’s original Experian ProtectMyID identity theft protection plan (the “Original Experian Plan”), you have the option to extend your Original Experian Plan for a two-year period at Seagate’s cost on or before the June 30, 2018 Election Deadline. If you elect to extend your identity theft protection coverage prior to the expiration of your Original Experian Plan, the plan will be automatically extended for a two-year period. If you elect to extend your identity theft protection coverage after your Original Experian Plan expires, you must re-activate the ProtectMyID plan in accordance with the instructions provided.
    • Identity Theft Protection for Settlement Employee Class Members Who Did not Enroll in the Original Experian Plan. If you are a Settlement Employee Class Member who did not enroll in the Original Experian Plan, you have the option to obtain coverage under Experian’s ProtectMyID credit monitoring plan for a two-year period, by requesting to enroll in such plan on or before the June 30, 2018 Election Deadline, and, if eligible, by activating the plan in accordance with the instructions provided.
    • Identity Theft Protection for Settlement Third-Party Class Members. If you are a Qualifying Adult Dependent or Qualifying Spouse, you have the option to obtain coverage under Experian’s ProtectMyID credit monitoring plan for a two-year period, by requesting to enroll in such plan on or before the June 30, 2018 Election Deadline, and, if eligible, by activating the plan in accordance with the instructions provided.
  • The Settlement also provides for reimbursement of certain economic costs Settlement Class Members may have suffered as a result of the Data Incident. To be eligible for that reimbursement, you must submit a Reimbursement Form along with documentation supporting your claim, and meet certain other requirements. The deadline to submit a reimbursement claim is December 31, 2018.
  • Your legal rights are affected whether you act, or do not act. Read this information carefully.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

SUBMIT AN ELECTION FORM
DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2018
This is the only way for Settlement Class Members to extend or enroll in Experian’s ProtectMyID credit monitoring protection plan paid for by Seagate. If you submit an Election Form, you will give up the right to sue Seagate in a separate lawsuit about the claims this Settlement resolves.
SUBMIT ONE OR MORE REIMBURSEMENT FORMS
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2018
This is the only way for Settlement Class Members to request reimbursement of economic costs related to the Data Incident. If you submit a Reimbursement Form, you will give up the right to sue Seagate in a separate lawsuit about the claims this Settlement resolves.
DO NOTHING Unless you exclude yourself, you are automatically part of this Settlement. If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not submit an Election Form or a Reimbursement Form, you will not receive any benefits of the Settlement. If you do nothing, you will still give up the right to sue, continue to sue, or be part of another lawsuit against Seagate about the legal claims resolved by this Settlement.
DEADLINE TO EXCLUDE YOURSELF: JANUARY 6, 2018 You will not receive any benefits from the Settlement, but you will not be bound by the terms of the Settlement, if approved by the Court.
DEADLINE TO OBJECT: JANUARY 6, 2018 If you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you may object to the Settlement or to Class Counsel’s or the Class Representatives’ requests for Class Counsel fees or Service Awards, respectively.
GO TO A HEARING ON MARCH 8, 2018. You may object to the Settlement and ask the Court permission to speak at the Fairness Hearing about your objection.

The Court still must decide whether to approve the Settlement. No benefits will be provided or payments made until after the Court grants final approval of the Settlement and all appeals, if any, are resolved.

To learn more about the terms of the proposed settlement, your options, and how your legal rights may be affected, please review the Detailed Notice, Settlement Documents and answers to the Frequently Asked Questions provided on this website.