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July 2024

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AT&T data breach lawsuit: Can you actually receive a $750 settlement?

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Answer: Maybe. If you’re a current or former AT&T customer whose Personally Identifiable Information (PII) was compromised in the breach, you may be entitled to significant compensation in a class action lawsuit. 

Lawsuit Update: California residents, in particular, could be eligible for up to a $750 settlement amount under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Eligibility and compensation amounts can vary based on the specific impact of the exfiltration of your personal and financial data.

If you received notice of the AT&T breach you can open a claim by filling out this claim form.

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How Can I Claim Compensation? 

To claim compensation, you may need to sign-up and join a class-action lawsuit or file an individual claim. Or you can do nothing and await the legal proceedings.

We’ve seen several prominent law firms take action in response to the 2024 AT&T data breach by filing class action lawsuits on behalf of affected customers in the U.S. These firms are actively seeking to hold AT&T accountable for the data breach / hack and to secure compensation for impacted individuals, up to $750 per victim and possibly more.

Mason LLP, Gibbs Law Group, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Barnes Law Group, Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, and DiCello Levitt LLP are jointly representing plaintiffs in a class action suit against AT&T. 

Beasley Allen has also initiated a class action lawsuit on behalf of affected customers in efforts to increase settlement totals. Labaton Keller Sucharow is also investigating private arbitration claims against AT&T for California residents.

AT&T Data Breach 2024 Lawsuit Compensation Form

You can submit your AT&T lawsuit compensation claim form to the administrator to prove that you are entitled to part of the settlement if your personal data was compromised in the AT&T data breach. You can do so by filling out this sign-up form.

Note: When working with a lawyer, be aware of the statute of limitations for data breach claims in your state. Provide any evidence of your AT&T account, breach notifications received, and documentation of related expenses or identity theft incidents.

What Types of Compensation Are Available? 

Potential settlement Dollar amounts may include reimbursement for financial losses, free credit monitoring services, identity theft protection, and in some cases, statutory damages. Some lawsuits are also seeking compensation for the time and effort spent dealing with the aftermath of the hack/breach.

How Much of a Settlement Can I Expect? 

The final settlement amount can vary widely depending on factors such as your location, the extent of damages you’ve suffered, and the outcome of legal proceedings. While California residents may be eligible for up to $750, actual amounts could be lower or higher based on individual circumstances and the overall resolution of claims against AT&T. As for the question of “how much of a settlement can I get,” we won’t know until this lawsuit proceeds through the judicial system.

What Evidence Do I Need to Provide? 

You may need to provide evidence of your AT&T account, any notification you received about the breach, and documentation of any financial losses or identity theft incidents related to the breach. Keep records of time spent addressing the breach’s impact and any associated expenses.

What Legal Steps Should I Take? 

Consider consulting with a lawyer experienced in data breach cases. They can help you understand your rights, assess the strength of your claim, and determine whether joining a class action or pursuing individual legal action is most appropriate for your situation. You can start a claim here which takes less than 2 minutes. 

What is AT&T Offering Currently? 

At the moment (July 2024), ATT is offering a suggestion for users to change their password and such, which can be found at www.att.com/accountsafety. AT&T has also stated it will offer credit monitoring at its expense where applicable. However, this is just the first step that companies like this take, and it may not be sufficient to cover all potential damages. It’s important to understand your rights and explore all available options for settlement beyond what AT&T is voluntarily offering. 

Are There Deadlines for Signing Up and Filing Claims? 

While specific deadlines haven’t been publicized by the law firms representing the plaintiffs, it’s crucial to act promptly. Statutes of limitations for data breach claims vary by state and can impact your eligibility for compensation. Consulting with a lawyer early can help ensure you don’t miss important deadlines.

Will My Claim and Settlement Affect My Relationship with AT&T?

Pursuing compensation should not negatively impact your service with AT&T. Consumer protection laws generally prohibit retaliation against customers for exercising their legal rights. However, if you have concerns, discuss them with your class action lawyer who can provide guidance specific to your situation.

What You Can Do Next:

Data breach attorneys and former cybersecurity experts advocate for the rights of consumers impacted by such incident. You may want to sign up and work with one of these law firms as a plaintiff. 

If you received notice of the AT&T breach and would like to see if you qualify for a settlement up to $750, you can start a claim here which takes less than 2 minutes.

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April 2024

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Question: Is It Legal to Put a Sauna in a House or Apartment as a Renter/Tenant?

Written by , Posted in Contract Law, Insurance Law, Property Law, Real Estate Law

Answer: Yes, in some cases. If you can install the sauna without needing to modify the landlord’s dwelling (such as by running new 220v wiring or similar) or making any other permanent addition or modification to the house or apartment, than you should be good to go. If not, as lawyers, we’d recommend you to definitely need to ask for permission as the first step before doing anything else.

But let’s explore adding a sauna as a renter in more detail, including lease agreement considerations (landlord-tenant law), landlord consent (property law), building codes and permits (building and construction law), liability and insurance (insurance law and tort law), and removal and restoration (contract law).

Lease Agreement Considerations (Landlord-Tenant Law)

Before you start planning your sauna installation, it’s crucial to review your lease agreement thoroughly. Look for any terms, conditions, or restrictions that may prohibit or limit your ability to modify the rental property. Pay close attention to clauses that address alterations, improvements, or installations. Landlord-tenant laws vary by state and local jurisdiction, so it’s essential to understand your rights and obligations as a tenant.

For example, your lease may include a clause stating that any alterations or modifications to the property require the landlord’s prior written consent. If such a clause exists, you’ll need to discuss your sauna installation plans with your landlord before proceeding. “It’s essential for renters to carefully examine their lease agreements and understand their rights and obligations regarding property modifications,” our lawyers say. “Failure to comply with the lease terms can lead to legal consequences and potential eviction.”

Landlord Consent (Property Law)

Obtaining your landlord’s written permission is a critical step in the process of adding a sauna to your rental property. Schedule a meeting with your landlord to discuss your sauna installation plans in detail. Be prepared to address any concerns they may have, such as potential damage to the property, noise levels, or increased utility costs. Property law governs the ownership, use, and transfer of real estate, including rental properties, so it’s essential to understand your landlord’s rights and responsibilities. Your landlord may grant conditional approval for the sauna installation, subject to certain requirements or restrictions.

For instance, they may stipulate that the sauna must be installed by a licensed professional or that you must obtain the necessary permits and approvals from local authorities. “Landlords have the right to protect their property and ensure that any modifications are done safely and legally,” explains Dr. Thompson. “Renters should approach the conversation with their landlord openly and transparently, and be willing to accommodate reasonable requests.”

Building Codes and Permits (Building and Construction Law)

Before installing a sauna in your rental property, you must research and comply with local building codes and regulations. These codes ensure that the sauna is installed safely and meets the required standards for electrical wiring, ventilation, and fire safety. Building and construction law governs these requirements and ensures that structures, including saunas, are built and installed safely and in compliance with local requirements.

Contact your local building department to inquire about the specific requirements for sauna installations in your area. You may need to obtain permits, such as an electrical permit, to proceed with the installation legally. “Failing to obtain the necessary permits can result in fines, legal penalties, and potential removal of the sauna at the renter’s expense,” warns Dr. Thompson. “It’s crucial to navigate the permit process diligently to avoid any legal complications.”

Liability and Insurance (Insurance Law and Tort Law)

Installing a sauna in your rental property comes with potential liability risks. If a guest or visitor is injured while using the sauna, you could be held liable for any damages or medical expenses incurred. Tort law governs the legal remedies available to individuals who have suffered harm due to the actions or omissions of others, such as negligence or premises liability. Review your renter’s insurance policy to determine if it provides coverage for such situations.

If not, consider obtaining additional liability insurance to protect yourself from potential legal claims. Insurance law addresses the coverage provided by renter’s insurance policies and any additional liability protection that may be necessary. “Renters should also consider having guests sign a liability waiver before using the sauna,” suggests Dr. Thompson. “While not foolproof, a waiver can provide some level of protection and demonstrate that the renter took reasonable precautions.”

Removal and Restoration (Contract Law)

When your lease comes to an end, you may be required to remove the sauna and restore the rental property to its original condition. Review your lease agreement carefully to understand your obligations regarding removal and restoration. The lease agreement is a legally binding contract, and contract law principles apply to the interpretation and enforcement of lease terms, including clauses related to property modifications and alterations.

If the lease includes clauses addressing these issues, you must comply with the specified requirements. Failure to do so could result in the loss of your security deposit or additional legal consequences. “Renters should budget for the cost of sauna removal and property restoration,” advises Dr. Thompson. “It’s important to have a plan in place to ensure a smooth transition when vacating the rental property.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  1. Can a landlord refuse to allow a sauna installation? Yes, a landlord has the right to refuse a sauna installation if they believe it poses a risk to the property or violates the terms of the lease agreement.
  2. Is it necessary to obtain a building permit for a portable sauna? We’re not contractors so we’d say no, but portable saunas may still require permits depending on local building codes and regulations. It’s best to consult with your local building department for specific guidance.
  3. Who is liable if a guest is injured while using the renter’s sauna? The renter may be held liable for any injuries sustained by guests while using the sauna. Renter’s liability insurance and waivers can help mitigate potential legal risks.
  4. What happens if the renter fails to remove the sauna at the end of the lease? If the renter fails to remove the sauna as required by the lease agreement, the landlord may have the right to remove it and charge the associated costs to the renter. Legal action may also be pursued.
  5. Are there any tax implications for adding a sauna to a rental property? Installing a sauna may be considered a capital improvement, which could have tax implications for both the renter and the landlord. Consulting with a tax professional is recommended to understand the specific tax consequences.

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