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T-Mobile Data Breach Settlement

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A Court authorized the notice to inform you how you may be affected by this proposed settlement. The notice describes the lawsuit, the general terms of the proposed settlement and what it may mean to you. The notice also explains how to participate in, or exclude yourself from, the Settlement if your information was compromised in the T-Mobile Data Breach.

For information on how to determine if you are a Settlement Class Member, and therefore eligible for benefits under this settlement, see Question 5.


On August 16, 2021, T-Mobile announced that it had been the victim of a criminal cyberattack on its systems. The attacker compromised the personal information of approximately 76 million U.S. consumers. The specific information accessed for each person included some combination of names, addresses, zip codes, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security number/tax identification number, and/or other government identification number including driver’s license number, account establish date, name of authorized user, phone number, IMSI, MSISDN, PIN, and personal unlock code.

Numerous lawsuits were brought on behalf of consumers whose personal information was compromised as a result of the T-Mobile Data Breach. Judge Brian C. Wimes of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri is overseeing these lawsuits. These lawsuits are known as In re: T-Mobile Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 3019, Case No. 4:21-md-03019-BCW. The consumers who sued are called the “Plaintiffs.” T-Mobile is the “Defendant.” Plaintiffs claim that Defendant did not adequately protect consumers’ personal information. The most recent version of the lawsuit, which describes the specific legal claims alleged by the Plaintiffs, is available here. T-Mobile denies any wrongdoing. No court or other judicial entity has made any judgment or other determination of any wrongdoing by T-Mobile.


In a class action, one or more people called “class representatives” sue on behalf of themselves and other people with similar claims. All of these people together are the “class” or “class members.” Because this is a class action settlement, even persons who did not file their own lawsuit can obtain benefits provided under the settlement, except for those individuals who exclude themselves from the settlement class by the deadline.

The Court has not decided in favor of Plaintiffs or Defendant. Instead, both sides agreed to a settlement after a lengthy mediation process overseen by a neutral mediator. Settlements avoid the costs and uncertainty of a trial and related appeals, while more quickly providing benefits to members of the settlement class. The class representatives appointed to represent the class and the attorneys for the settlement class (“Class Counsel,” see Question 16) believe that the settlement is in the best interests of the Settlement Class Members.

You are a Settlement Class Member if you are among the approximately 76 million U.S. residents identified by T-Mobile whose information was compromised in the T-Mobile Data Breach. Identified Class Members were notified of the proposed Settlement, so if you received a notice, you are a likely member of the Settlement Class.

You can also confirm you are a Settlement Class Member, and eligible for benefits, by:

  • Contacting the Settlement Administrator on this website; or
  • calling 1-833-512-2314

Excluded from the Settlement are:

  • Officers and directors of T-Mobile;
  • The presiding judge and any judicial staff involved in the lawsuit;
  • All individuals who on or before July 26, 2022 either (1) filed or served a written arbitration demand or petition against T-Mobile relating to the Data Breach, or (2) provided written notice to T-Mobile of their intent to pursue arbitration against T-Mobile relating to the Data Breach with a description of claims to the address provided in T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions or to T-Mobile’s Counsel (see Question 20)
  • Any Class Member who opts-out (see Question 19)

T-Mobile will pay $350,000,000 into a Settlement Fund. The Settlement Fund will be used to:

  • Make cash payments for Out-of-Pocket Losses and Lost Time (see Question 7)
  • Make Alternative Cash Payments (see Question 8)
  • Provide Identity Defense Services (see Question 9)
  • Provide Restoration Services for all Settlement Class Members, regardless of whether they make a claim (see Question 10)
  • Pay the costs of notifying Settlement Class Members and administering the Settlement;
  • Pay Service Awards to Settlement Class Representatives, as approved by the Court (see Question 18)
  • Pay Attorneys’ Fees, costs, and expenses, as approved by the Court (see Question 17)

Settlement Benefit: Payment for Unreimbursed Out-of-Pocket Losses: If you spent money trying to avoid or recover from fraud or identity theft that you believe was fairly traceable to the T-Mobile Data Breach, or to protect yourself from future harm as a result of the Data Breach, then you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $25,000 (including your claim for Lost Time). Out-of-Pocket Losses that are eligible for reimbursement may include, without limitation, the following:

  • Money spent on or after August 1, 2021, associated with placing or removing a security freeze on your credit report with any credit reporting agency;
  • Money spent on credit monitoring or identity theft protection on or after August 1, 2021;
  • Unreimbursed costs, expenses, losses or charges you paid on or after August 1, 2021, because of identity theft or identity fraud, falsified tax returns, or other alleged misuse of your personal information that you believe was fairly traceable to the T-Mobile Data Breach;
  • Other miscellaneous expenses related to any Out-Of-Pocket Loss that you believe were fairly traceable to the T-Mobile Data Breach such as notary, fax, postage, copying, mileage, and long- distance telephone charges; and
  • Professional fees incurred in connection with addressing identity theft, fraud, or falsified tax returns that you believe were fairly traceable to the T-Mobile Data Breach.

This list provides examples only, and other losses or costs that you believe are fairly traceable to the T-Mobile Data Breach may also be eligible for reimbursement.

To claim reimbursement for Out-of-Pocket Losses, you must also provide “Reasonable Documentation.” Reasonable Documentation means documentation supporting your claim, including, but not limited to credit card statements, bank statements, invoices, telephone records, and receipts. Except as expressly provided in the notice, personal certifications, declarations, or affidavits from the claimant do not constitute Reasonable Documentation but may be included to provide clarification, context or support for other submitted Reasonable Documentation.

The Settlement Administrator will decide if your claim for Out-of-Pocket Losses is valid. Only valid claims will be paid. The deadline to file a claim for Out-of-Pocket Losses is January 23, 2023.

The amount of your claim may be reduced or increased depending on the total number and amount of claims. See Questions 11 and 12.  

Settlement Benefit: Cash Payment for Lost Time: If you spent time (i) remedying fraud, identity theft, or other alleged misuse of your personal information that you believe is fairly traceable to the T-Mobile Data Breach, or (ii) taking preventative measures (for example, time placing or removing security freezes on your credit report, or purchasing credit monitoring or identity protection) on or after August 1, 2021, then you may make a claim for reimbursement for Lost Time at a Reimbursement Rate of $25 per hour or, if you took time off work, your documented hourly wage.

For Lost Time related to qualifying Out-of-Pocket Losses, you may receive reimbursement for up to 15 hours at your Reimbursement Rate. For Lost Time not related to qualifying Out-of-Pocket Losses (“Self-Certified Time”), you may receive reimbursement for up to 5 hours at the Reimbursement Rate. To make a claim for Lost Time, you must provide a description of (i) the actions taken in response to the Data Breach in dealing with misuse of your information or taking preventative measures and (ii) the time associated with those actions. You must certify that the description is truthful. Valid claims for Lost Time will be reimbursed in 15-minute increments.

The deadline to file a claim for Lost Time is January 23, 2023.

The amount of your claim may be reduced or increased depending on the total number and amount of claims. See Questions 11 and 12.

Settlement Benefit: Alternative Cash Payment: As an alternative to making a claim for reimbursement for Out-of-Pocket Losses and Lost Time, you may submit a claim for an Alternative Cash Payment of $25, or $100 if you resided in California on August 1, 2021. You may not make a claim for an Alternative Cash Payment in addition to a claim for Out-of-Pocket Losses or Lost Time. The amount of the Alternative Cash Payment may change depending on the number of total claims for cash payments.

The amount of your claim may be reduced or increased depending on the total number and amount of claims. See Questions 11 and 12.


Settlement Benefit: Identity Defense Services: The Settlement provides a way to help protect yourself from unauthorized use of your personal information. Settlement Class Members may submit a claim to enroll in two (2) years of Identity Defense Services, provided through Pango, at no cost. These services include the following features:

  • Credit Monitoring from TransUnion
  • Monthly Credit Score from TransUnion
  • Real Time Inquiry Authentication Alerts
  • High Risk Transaction Monitoring
  • Dark Web Monitoring
  • USPS Address Change Monitoring and Alerts
  • Lost Wallet Protection
  • Security Freeze Capability
  • Customer Support & Victim Assistance
  • $1 million in identity theft insurance 

To receive free Identity Defense Services you must file a claim for those services by January 23, 2023.

If you submit a valid claim form and elect to enroll in Identity Defense Services, you will receive enrollment instructions by email after the settlement is final. You may make a claim for both reimbursement for Out-of-Pocket Losses and/or Lost Time (or an Alternative Cash Payment) and Identity Defense Services.

 All Settlement Class Members, even those who do not enroll in Identity Defense Services or do not submit a claim, will be entitled to utilize Restoration Services offered through Pango. This coverage is a separate benefit and provides all Settlement Class Members access to US-based fraud resolution specialists who can assist with important tasks such as placing fraud alerts with the credit bureaus, disputing inaccurate information on credit reports, scheduling calls with creditors and other service providers, and working with law enforcement and government agencies to dispute fraudulent information. All Settlement Class Members may access these free Restoration Services after the Settlement becomes final, even if you never make a claim from this Settlement, by going to this website, or calling toll free 1-833-512-2314.

The Settlement Fund will be used to pay claims for Out-of-Pocket Losses and Lost Time, for Alternative Cash Payments, for Identity Defense Services and Restoration Services, for Administrative and Notice Costs, and for Service Awards for Settlement Class Representatives and Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses as approved by the Court.

If there are leftover Settlement Funds, those funds will be added to approved claims for Out-of-Pocket Losses, Lost Time, and Alternative Cash Payments on a pro rata basis.

Any remaining Settlement Funds resulting from the failure of Settlement Class Members to timely negotiate a Settlement check or to timely provide required tax information such that a Settlement check should issue, shall be distributed to Settlement Class Members, or as otherwise ordered by the Court, but no money will be returned to T-Mobile.


If the payments described in Questions 7 and 8 exceed the Settlement Fund, the cash payments will be reduced on a pro rata basis.

To file a claim for Identity Defense Services, for reimbursement for Out-of-Pocket Losses or Lost Time, or for an Alternative Cash Payment you will need to file a claim form. The easiest way to submit a claim form is online. You can also download a paper claim form and return a completed claim form by mail.

The deadline to file a claim for Identity Defense Services, for reimbursement for Out-of-Pocket Losses or Lost Time, or for an Alternative Cash Payment is January 23, 2023 (this is the last day to file online and the postmark deadline for mailed claims).


Identity Defense Services claimed by Settlement Class Members will begin, and payments for valid claims for Out-of-Pocket Losses, Lost Time, and Alternative Cash Payments will be made, after the Court enters a final judgment and the Settlement becomes final. This may take several months or more; please be patient. Periodic updates will be posted on this website.

If you make a valid claim for Identity Defense Services, the Settlement Administrator will send you information on how to activate your Identity Defense Services once the Settlement is final.

Payments for valid claims for Out-of-Pocket Losses, Lost Time, and Alternative Cash Payments will be made by the Settlement Administrator in the manner you select (various digital payment options or a paper check).



If you make a claim under the Settlement, or if you do nothing, you will be releasing all of your legal claims relating to the Data Breach against T-Mobile (except SIM-swap Claims) when the Settlement becomes final. By releasing your legal claims, you are giving up the right to file, or to continue to pursue, separate legal claims against or seek further compensation from T-Mobile for any harm related to the Data Breach or the claims alleged in the lawsuits—whether or not you are currently aware of those claims.

Unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement (see Question 19) all of the decisions by the Court will bind you. That means you will be bound to the terms of the Settlement and accompanying court orders, and cannot bring a lawsuit or be part of another lawsuit against T-Mobile regarding the Data Breach.

Paragraph 2.30 of the Settlement Agreement defines the claims that will be released by Settlement Class Members who do not exclude themselves from the Settlement. You can access the Settlement Agreement and read the specific details of the legal claims being released here.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Settlement Administrator (see Question 22).


Yes. The Court appointed the following attorneys to represent you and other Settlement Class Members as “Class Counsel.”

Norman E. Siegel
STUEVE SIEGEL HANSON LLP
460 Nichols Road, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64112

James J. Pizzirusso
HAUSFELD LLP
888 16th Street, N.W. Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Cari Campen Laufenberg
KELLER ROHRBACK L.L.P.
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101

You will not be charged by these lawyers for their work on the case.  If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

If you have questions about making a claim, please contact the Settlement Administrator (see Question 22).


Class Counsel have undertaken this case on a contingency-fee basis, meaning they have paid for all of the expenses in the case and have not been paid any money in relation to their work on this case. Accordingly, Class Counsel will ask the Court to award them Attorneys’ Fees of up to 30% of the Settlement Fund and reimbursement for costs and expenses to be paid from the Settlement Fund. The Court will decide the amount of fees and costs and expenses to be paid. You will not have to separately pay any portion of these fees yourself. Class Counsel’s request for Attorneys’ Fees and costs (which must be approved by the Court) will be filed by November 17, 2022 and will be available to view on this website.

The Class Representatives in this action are listed in the Settlement Agreement, which is available here. Class Counsel will ask the Court to award the Class Representatives “Service Awards” of $2,500 each for the time that they spent, and the risks that they undertook, in bringing this lawsuit on behalf of the class. This amount will have to be approved by the Court. Any amount approved by the Court will be paid from the Settlement Fund.

If you are a member of the Settlement Class but do not want to remain in the class, you may exclude yourself from the class (also known as “opting out”). If you exclude yourself, you will lose any right to participate in the Settlement, including any right to receive the benefits outlined in the notice.

If you decide on this option, you may keep any rights you have, if any, against T-Mobile, and you may file your own lawsuit against T-Mobile based upon the same legal claims that are asserted in this lawsuit, but you will need to find your own attorney at your own cost to represent you in that lawsuit. If you are considering this option, you may want to consult an attorney to determine your options.

IMPORTANT: You will be bound by the terms of the Settlement Agreement unless you submit a timely and signed written request to be excluded from the Settlement. To exclude yourself from the Settlement you must do so online here by December 8, 2022, or mail a “request for exclusion,” postmarked no later than December 8, 2022, to:

T-Mobile Data Breach Settlement

c/o Kroll Settlement Administration LLC

Attn: Exclusion

P.O.Box 225391

New York, NY 10150-5391

This statement must contain the following information:

  1. The name of this action (In re: T-Mobile Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 4:21-md-03019 (BCW));
  2. Your full name and current address;
  3. Your personal signature (lawyer’s signature is not sufficient);
  4. A statement clearly indicating your intent to be excluded from the Settlement; and
  5. A statement that your request for exclusion applies only to you, the one Settlement Class Member whose personal signature appears on the request. (Requests seeking exclusion on behalf of more than one Settlement Class Member shall be deemed invalid by the Settlement Administrator.)

If you do not comply with these procedures and the deadline for exclusions, you will lose any opportunity to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, and your rights will be determined in this lawsuit by the Settlement Agreement if it is approved by the Court.


You are not a Settlement Class Member if you, before July 26, 2022, either (1) filed or served a written arbitration demand or petition against T-Mobile relating to the Data Breach, or (2) provided written notice to T-Mobile of your intent to pursue arbitration against T-Mobile relating to the Data Breach with a description of claims to the address provided in T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions or to T-Mobile’s Counsel. You can find out if you are already excluded from the Settlement Class because you previously requested arbitration by contacting the Settlement Administrator here.

If you are a Settlement Class Member, you have the right to tell the Court what you think of the Settlement. You can object to the Settlement if you don’t think it is fair, reasonable, or adequate, and you can give reasons why you think the Court should not approve it. You can’t ask the Court to order a larger settlement; the Court can only approve or deny the Settlement as it is.

To object, you must send a written objection stating that you object to the Settlement. Your objection must include:

  1. The case name and number of this action (In re: T-Mobile Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, Case No. MDL No. 4:21-md-03019 (BCW));
  2. Your full name and current address and telephone number, and if you are represented by counsel, those of your counsel;
  3. A statement whether the objection applies only to you, to a specific subset of the class, or to the entire class;
  4. A statement of the number of times in which you (and, where applicable, your counsel) has objected to a class action settlement within the previous three years, along with the caption of each case in which you have made such objection;
  5. A statement of the specific grounds for the objection; and
  6. A statement of whether you intend to appear at the Final Approval Hearing, and if so, whether personally or through counsel.

Additionally, if you intend to speak at the Final Approval Hearing (whether pro se or through counsel), your written objection must include:

  1. A detailed description of any evidence you may offer at the Final Approval Hearing; and
  2. Copies of any exhibits you may introduce at the Final Approval Hearing.

To be considered by the Court, your written objection must be filed electronically with the Court by December 8, 2022 or mailed (and postmarked) no later than December 8, 2022, to the following address:

Clerk of the Court

United States District Court Western District of Missouri

400 E. 9th Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64106

If you do not comply with these procedures and the deadline for objections, you may lose any opportunity to have your objection considered at the Final Approval Hearing or otherwise to contest the approval of the settlement or to appeal from any orders or judgments entered by the Court in connection with the proposed settlement. You will still be eligible to receive settlement benefits if the settlement becomes final even if you object to the settlement.

The Court has scheduled a Final Approval Hearing to listen to and consider any concerns or objections from Settlement Class Members regarding the fairness, adequacy, and reasonableness of the terms of the Settlement. That hearing is currently scheduled to take place on January 20, 2023, at 10:00 am (CT) before the Honorable Brian C, Wimes, at the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri located in Courtroom 7D of the Charles Evans Whittaker United States Courthouse, 400 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. This hearing date and time may be moved. Please refer to this Settlement website for notice of any changes.




If you have questions about the Settlement, you may contact the Settlement Administrator through the contact section of this website. You can also contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-833-512-2314 or mail a letter to T-Mobile Data Breach Settlement (c/o Kroll Settlement Administration LLC, P.O. Box 225391), New York, NY 10150-5391, for more information. If you wish to communicate directly with Class Counsel, you may contact them (contact information noted above in Question 16). You may also seek advice and guidance from your own private lawyer at your own expense, if you wish to do so.

The notice is only a summary of the lawsuit and the Settlement. Other related documents can be accessed through the documents section of this settlement website. If you have questions about the proposed Settlement, or wish to receive a copy of the Settlement Agreement but do not have access to the Internet to download a copy online, you may contact the Settlement Administrator. The Court cannot respond to any questions regarding this notice, the lawsuit, or the proposed settlement.

Please do not contact the Court, its Clerk, or T-Mobile


This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by Counsel and controlled by Kroll Settlement Administration, the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.
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Important Dates

  • Exclusion Deadline

    Thursday, December 8, 2022 You must complete and mail your Request for Exclusion so that it is postmarked no later than December 8, 2022.
  • Objection Deadline

    Thursday, December 8, 2022 You must mail your objection(s) and/or notice of intent to appear at the Final Approval Hearing so that it/they are postmarked no later than December 8, 2022.
  • Claim Form Deadline

    Monday, January 23, 2023 You must submit your Claim Form online no later than Monday, January 23, 2023, or mail your completed paper Claim Form so that it is postmarked no later than January 23, 2023.
  • Final Approval Hearing Date

    Friday, January 20, 2023 The Final Approval Hearing is scheduled for January 20, 2023 at 10:00 am. Please check this Website for updates.

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