A Settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit against Sincera Reproductive Medicine (“Defendant” or “Sincera”). The Settlement resolves claims brought by patients impacted by the data incident which occurred between August 10, 2020 and September 13, 2020 and resulted in the potential compromise of patients’ Personally Identifying Information (‘‘PII”) and Protected Health Information (“PHI”) (the “Data Incident”). Defendant denies any allegation of wrongdoing.
Who’s Included? You are included in the Settlement as a “Settlement Class Member” if you received a notice from Sincera in or around May 2021 that your PII and/or PHI may have been accessed or exposed during the Data Incident.
What does the Settlement provide? Under the Settlement, Sincera will pay all valid claims made by Settlement Class Members, notice and administration costs, service awards, and attorneys’ fees and costs. Sincera will not pay less than $800,000 or more than $1,200,000. Settlement Class Members may file a claim to receive a $150 cash payment, as well as reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses of up to $2,000 (inclusive of the $150 cash payment).
How do I get a Payment? You must complete and submit a Claim Form by July 24, 2023. Claim Forms may be submitted online at wwww.SinceraSettlement.com or printed from the website and mailed to the address on the form.
What are my other options? If you do nothing, your rights will be affected and you won’t get a payment. If you don’t want to be legally bound by the Settlement, you must exclude yourself from it by June 23, 2023. Unless you exclude yourself, you won’t be able to sue or continue to sue Sincera for any claim made in this lawsuit or released by the Settlement Agreement. If you stay in the Settlement (i.e., don’t exclude yourself), you may object to it or ask for permission for you or your lawyer to appear and speak at the hearing—at your own cost—but you don’t have to. Objections and requests to appear are due by June 23, 2023. More information about these options is available at www.SinceraSettlement.com.
The Court’s hearing. The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing in this case (Opris, et al. v. Sincera Reproductive Medicine, No. 2:21-cv-03072-JHS) on September 6, 2023. At the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement; Class Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and costs (up to 1/3 of $800,000-$1,200,000); and service awards to the Class Representatives (up to $8,000 total). You or your lawyer may appear at the hearing at your own expense.
Questions? Go to www.SinceraSettlement.com, or call 1-855-663-1852.