You May Get a Share of Money From Sonic Drive-In Settlement

You may be eligible for your share of $4,325,000.00 from a class action settlement which was reached in mediation if you are a resident of the United States of America who purchased anything at one of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations using a credit card or debit card between Friday, April 7, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017…

You May Get a Share of Money From Sonic Drive-In Settlement

…but you must electronically submit your claim with a valid claim no later than Friday, April 19, 2019 using this form; or you may call 1-866-267-8812.

A settlement has been reached with Sonic in a class action lawsuit asserting claims against several Sonic entities relating to a data breach arising out of a third-party cyber attack in 2017 that targeted the point of sale systems of Sonic Drive-In locations in an effort to steal customer payment card information. The lawsuit claims that Sonic did not have adequate safeguards in place and should be held responsible for the data breach. Sonic denies all of the claims in the lawsuit. The settlement does not establish who is right — and is not an admission of fault — but rather reflects a compromise to end the lawsuit.

The court has not determined whether the plaintiffs or the defendants are correct.

The settlement provides payments to people who submit valid and timely claims attesting:

  1. That they made a purchase using a credit or debit card at one of the 325 impacted  Sonic Drive-In locations during the Relevant Time Period — Category 1 — or
  2. That they made a purchase using a credit or debit card at one of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations during the Relevant Time Period and that they experienced fraudulent or unauthorized charges on the credit or debit card used at the impacted location any time thereafter up through February 28, 2018 — Category 2

Settlement Classes and Benefits

With either category, the precise amount of the payment may be adjusted up or down based on the total number of valid claims received.

Members of both Category 1 and Category 2 settlement classes are eligible to receive a one-time payment if they purchased anything using a credit or debit card at one of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations during the aforementioned relevant time period.

The difference is that settlement class members who file a claim under Category 1 are eligible for a payment of approximately ten dollars — even if they did not experience any fraudulent or unauthorized charges subsequent to their purchase at one of the 325 impacted Drive-In locations; whereas settlement class members who file a claim under Category 2 are eligible for a payment of $40.00 dollars if they experienced fraudulent or unauthorized charges on the credit or debit card used at the impacted Sonic Drive-In location anytime thereafter through Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Summary

If you do decide to participate in this settlement, completion of the claim form supposedly will consume only a few minutes of your time; but do not expect any major windfall, as you will not exactly get rich from this settlement — but that may be better than nothing at all.

You apparently qualify for either settlement based on where your purchases occurred and not by where you are legally based, which is especially good news for frequent travelers who patronized any of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations while traveling.

If you would prefer to exclude yourself from this settlement so that you may sue on your own behalf, you must send a letter that says you want to be excluded from the Settlement in In re: Sonic Corp. Customer Data Breach Litigation, MDL Case No. 1:17-md-02807-JSG. Include your name, address, and signature so that it is postmarked no later than Friday, April 19, 2019. If you have any objections to the settlement, you must mail your objections or notice of intent to appear at the final approval hearing so that they are received no later than Friday, April 19, 2019.

For additional information, you can either peruse this list of questions which are frequently asked; or you can call 1-866-267-8812.

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “You May Get a Share of Money From Sonic Drive-In Settlement”

  1. Mike says:

    Any info on which of 325 Sonics were affected or a list of states?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I forgot to include a link to that specific list in the article and will remedy that by the time you read this, Mike. Thank you for catching that omission.

      In the meantime, here is that list:

      http://www.sonicdatabreachsettlement.com/media/1800857/_impactlist_.pdf

    2. Chad says:

      Sonic has a list of the affected locations on their website.

      https://www.sonicdrivein.com/-/notice-of-data-breach-faq

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