Paras v. Dental Care Alliance Settlement

Paras v. Dental Care Alliance, LLC, Case No. 22-ev-000181 (Fulton Co. Ga.)

You may be entitled to participate in a class action settlement if you received notice of the security incident announced by Dental Care Alliance or one of its allied dental practices.

There is a court-authorized notice of a proposed settlement (the “Settlement”) in a class action lawsuit, Paras v. Dental Care Alliance, LLC, Case No. 22-ev-000181 (the “Lawsuit”), pending in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia (the “Court”). The Settlement would resolve the Lawsuit brought on behalf of persons who allege that their information was impacted by the data security incident announced by Dental Care Alliance, LLC (“DCA”) or one of its allied dental practices that occurred between September and October 2020 (the “Security Incident”). The Court has granted preliminary approval of the Settlement Agreement and has conditionally certified the Settlement Class for purposes of settlement only. The notice explains the nature of the class action lawsuit, the terms of the Settlement Agreement, and the legal rights and obligations of members of the Settlement Class. Please read the instructions and explanations in the Notice so that you can better understand your legal rights.

DCA has agreed to provide the following benefits to Settlement Class Members under the Settlement.

Identity and Asset Protection. All Settlement Class Members may enroll, at no cost, in two years of Identity Guard. Identity Guard is the #1 Ranked Identity Theft Protection, providing Data Breach Notifications, Dark Web Monitoring, and $1 Million of Identity Theft Insurance. Settlement Class Members who received written notice of the Settlement can use the Identity Guard activation code included in the notice to enroll in the service. Settlement Class Members who did not receive written notice of the Settlement must file a valid claim in order to obtain an Identity Guard activation code.

Loss Reimbursement. Settlement Class Members who file valid claims also may receive reimbursement of up to $2,000 for documented losses that were more likely than not caused by the Security Incident and up to two hours of time spent responding to the Security Incident at a rate of $20 per hour. Settlement Subclass Members who file a valid claim may receive up to another $3,000 (for a total of $5,000) for documented losses that were more likely than not caused by the Security Incident and two more hours of documented time (for a total of four hours) spent responding to the Security Incident at a rate of $20 per hour.

The benefits described above are subject to a $3,000,000 aggregate cap. Additional details about the terms, conditions, and limits for these benefits can be found in the Settlement Agreement and on the Settlement website.

Enhanced Security. DCA has also committed to employing improved data-security measures. Due to the sensitive nature of DCA’s data-security practices, the specific enhancements are not being publicly disclosed.

Additionally, the attorneys who brought this lawsuit (listed on the Notice) will ask the Court to award them attorneys’ fees of up to $850,000, for the time, expense and effort expended in investigating the facts, litigating the case, and negotiating the Settlement, and the Class Representatives may seek a payment of up to $1,500 each, if and as permitted by the law, for their time, effort, and service in this matter.

To receive an email notification when you can enroll with Identity Guard, please click here.

Important Dates

Event Date
Preliminary Approval April 27, 2022
Attorney Motion for Fees June 24, 2022
Objection Filing Deadline July 26, 2022
Opt-Out Filing Deadline July 26, 2022
Claims Filing Deadline August 25, 2022
Attorney Motion for Final Approval August 2, 2022
Final Approval Hearing September 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.