Court Grants Final Approval of Wawa Data Breach Class Action Settlement
On April 19, 2022, the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted final approval to a class action settlement reached with Pennsylvania-based convenience store Wawa, Inc. (“Wawa”). The Settlement addresses the Consumer Track’s claims arising out of a data security incident that impacted all Wawa stores and fuel pumps between March 4, 2019 and December 12, 2019. The Settlement provides for tiered relief in the form of Wawa gift cards, cash reimbursements for out-of-pocket losses, as well as significant data security enhancements to Wawa’s systems. CSK&D partner, Ben Johns, was appointed as co-lead Class Counsel for the Consumer Track.
Judge Pratter concluded that the Consumer Track Settlement was “reasonable and adequate, and in the best interest of the Consumer Track Settlement Class.” The Court further “applauded” the parties for negotiating amendments to the Settlement as needed throughout the approval process. She also granted Class Counsel’s motion for attorneys fees and expenses, awarding a $3.2 million lump sum amount for fees, expenses, and class representative service awards which will be paid by Wawa separate from, and in addition to, the $9 million made available to consumers.
The final approval order, as well as other settlement-related documents, can be accessed on the Settlement Website, www.wawaconsumerdatasettlement.com
Attorneys for this case:
Benjamin F. Johns
Samantha E. Holbrook