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The case is known as Morelli v. Jim Koons Management Company, Case No. 8:22-cv-00292 (D. Md.). The people who sued are called the “Plaintiffs,” and the company they sued, Jim Koons Management Company dba, Jim Koons Automotive Companies, is known as the “Defendant” in the case and on this website. United States District Judge George J. Hazel of the United States District Court, District of Maryland is the judge in this case.
Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Defendant, individually, and on behalf of anyone whose personally identifiable information (“PII”) was potentially impacted as a result of the Data Security Incident.
This lawsuit arises out of a network intrusion that was discovered by Jim Koons Management Company on or about June 5, 2021 and announced by Defendant on or about January 14, 2022 (the “Data Security Incident”). The information that may have been accessed in the Data Security Incident includes full names, addresses, driver’s license numbers Social Security numbers and financial information) (collectively, called “PII”) Defendant denies any wrongdoing. After learning of the Data Security Incident, notification was mailed to approximately 114,153 individuals that their PII may have been impacted by the Data Security Incident.
a. The proposed Settlement will provide the following benefits to Class Members:
b. Compensation or Out-of-Pocket Losses and Lost Time: Defendant will agree to make available the following compensation available to Settlement Class Members who submit valid and timely claim forms. Claims will be subject to review for completeness and plausibility by a Claims Administrator, and Settlement Class Members will have the opportunity to seek review by a third-party Claims Referee, at Defendant’s expense, if they dispute the Claims Administrator's initial determination.
c. Compensation for Ordinary Losses: Defendant will reimburse documented out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the Data Security Incident, up to a maximum of $500.00 per person, upon submission of a claim and supporting documentation, such as the following losses:
i. Bank fees, long distance phone charges, cell phone charges (only if charged by the minute), data charges (only if charged based on the amount of data used), postage, or gasoline for local travel;
ii. Fees for credit reports, credit monitoring, or other identity theft insurance product purchased between January 14, 2022 and the date of the Settlement Agreement;
iii. Compensation for up to 3 hours of lost time, at $20/hour, for a maximum of up to $60 per person, if at least one full hour was spent dealing with the Data Security Incident. Class members may submit claims for up to 3 hours of lost time with an attestation that they spent the claimed time responding to issues raised by the Data Security Incident. This payment shall be included in the $500 per person cap for Compensation for Documented Out-of-Pocket Losses and Lost Time.
iv. This list of reimbursable documented out-of-pocket expenses is not meant to be exhaustive, is exemplary. Settlement Class Members may make claims for any documented out-of-pocket losses reasonably related to the Data Security Incident or to mitigating the effects of the Data Security Incident. The Claims Administrator shall have discretion to determine whether any claimed loss is reasonably related to the Data Security Incident.
d. Compensation for Extraordinary Losses: Defendant will provide up to $4,500 in compensation to each Settlement Class Member who was the victim of actual documented identity theft and documents monetary loss arising from actual identity theft if:
i. The loss is an actual, documented, and unreimbursed monetary loss;
ii. The loss was more likely than not caused by the Data Security Incident;
iii. The loss occurred between June 5, 2021 and the close of the Claims Period;
iv. The loss is not already covered by one or more of the normal reimbursement categories; and the Settlement Class Member made reasonable efforts to avoid, or seek reimbursement for, the loss, including but not limited to exhaustion of all available credit monitoring insurance and identity theft insurance.
e. Credit Monitoring: Defendant will pay for credit monitoring services as follows:
An automatic 2-year extension of the term for those Settlement Class Members who claimed the credit monitoring offered previously (without the need to make a claim), and a new 2 year 1Bureau claim-in offering to the rest of the Settlement Class who timely submits a claim and requests credit monitoring. The automatic extension would be subject to the provision that this has to be technically feasible.
This service will have substantially the same scope as the credit monitoring previously offered by Koons in its initial notification letters, described as follows:
Equifax Credit Watch™ Gold
*Note: You must be over age 18 with a credit file to take advantage of the product Key Features
• Credit monitoring with email notifications of key changes to your Equifax credit report
• Daily access to your Equifax credit report
• WebScan notifications when your personal information, such as Social Security Number, credit/debit card or bank account numbers are found on fraudulent Internet trading sites
• Automatic fraud alerts, which encourages potential lenders to take extra steps to verify your identity before extending credit, plus blocked inquiry alerts and Equifax credit report lock
• Identity Restoration to help restore your identity should you become a victim of identity theft, and a dedicated Identity Restoration Specialist to work on your behalf
• Up to $1,000,000 of identity theft insurance coverage for certain out of pocket expenses resulting from identity theft.
For Settlement Class Members who selected and enrolled in the 12 months of credit monitoring previously offered by Koons, the credit monitoring offered under this settlement shall be in addition to that period.
f. California Statutory Benefit:
Defendant will pay a $100 cash benefit to any of the 791 persons who were sent the “Notice of Security” letter dated on or about January 14, 2022 to a California address and who submit a timely claim.
If you stay in the Settlement Class, you will be eligible to receive benefits, but you will not be able to sue the Defendant and its Related Entities and each of their past or present parents, subsidiaries, divisions, and related or affiliated entities, and each of their respective predecessors, successors, directors, officers, principals, agents, attorneys, insurers, and reinsurers regarding the claims in this case. The Settlement Agreement, which includes all provisions about settled claims, releases, and released parties, is available here.
The only way to keep the right to sue is to exclude yourself (FAQ 10), otherwise you will be included in the Settlement Class, if the Settlement is approved, and you give up the right to sue for the claims in this case.
If you do not want to be included in the Settlement, you must send a written request for exclusion, postmarked no later than January 24, 2023 to:
Morelli v. Jim Koons Management Co.
c/o Kroll Settlement Administration
PO Box 225391
New York, NY 10150-5391
Your written request for exclusion must state your name, address, and phone number (or the name, address, and phone number of the person seeking exclusion) and must also contain a signed statement to the following effect: “I request to be excluded from the Settlement Class in the Koons lawsuit.”
If you exclude yourself, you will not be able to receive any cash benefits from the Settlement and you cannot object to the Settlement. You will not be legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit and you will keep your right to sue the Defendant on your own for the claims that this Settlement resolves.
If you want to tell the Court that you do not agree with the proposed Settlement or some part of it, you can submit an Objection telling it why you do not think the Settlement should be approved. Objections must be submitted in writing and include all the following information:
Such notice shall state:
(i) the title of the case;
(ii) the Settlement Class Member’s name, address, and telephone number;
(iii) all legal and factual bases for any objection; and
(iv) copies of any documents that the Settlement Class Member wants the Court to consider.
Should the you wish to appear at the Final Approval Hearing, you must so state, and must identify any documents or witnesses that you intend to call on your behalf.
Your Objection must be submitted to the Clerk of the Court by First-Class mail, received no later than January 24, 2023, to:
It must include the case name and docket number: Morelli v. Jim Koons Management Company, Case No. 8:22-cv-00292 (D. Md.). (the “Morelli Action”). In addition, you must mail a copy of your Objection to Class Counsel and Defense Counsel postmarked no later than January 24, 2023:
|Class Counsel||Defense Counsel|
David K. Lietz
5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW
LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH LLP
100 Light Street, Suite 1300
If you do not submit your Objection with all requirements, or if your Objection is not received by January 24, 2023, you will be considered to have waived all Objections and will not be entitled to speak at the Final Fairness Hearing.
No. You are not required to come to the Final Fairness Hearing. However, you are welcome to attend the hearing at your own expense.
If you submit an Objection, you do not have to come to the hearing to talk about it. If your Objection was submitted properly and on time, the Court will consider it. You also may pay your own lawyer to attend the Final Fairness Hearing, but that is not necessary.
This is only a summary of the proposed Settlement. If you want additional information about this lawsuit, including a copy of the Settlement Agreement, the complaint, the Court’s Preliminary Approval Order, Class Counsel’s Application for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses, and more, please call 833-709-0664. You may also contact the Claims Administrator at Morelli v. Jim Koons Management Co., c/o Kroll Settlement Administration, PO Box 225391, New York, NY 10150-5391.
PLEASE DO NOT ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SETTLEMENT OR LITIGATION TO THE CLERK OF THE COURT OR THE JUDGE.