The British Airways data class action is one of over 40 different group and multi-party actions that we’re involved with. If you’ve yet to join it and you want some more advice about it, we can help you.
This particular class action is somewhat of a pioneering one. It’s the first formal Group Litigation Order at the High Court of Justice in London that involves the GDPR that came into force in May 2018. The UK’s data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has the power to issue fines that can equate to 4% of a company’s global annual turnover. In fact, they have issued an intent to fine BA £183m; but this is dwarfed by the potential costs of the litigation that could reach £3bn for pay-outs and is entirely separate to the ICO fine.
If you have yet to join the BA Group Action, here’s some more information about what it is and what it entails.
What is British Airways data class action?
The British Airways data class action is an action for compensation for the victims whose information was exposed by the 2018 cyberattacks.
Victims who have suffered distress caused by the loss of control of their personal information can be entitled to claim compensation. If you have suffered financial losses (either with or without distress), you can also claim to recover lost monies as well.
A recent court action has also paved the way for victims to be able to claim for merely being the victim of a breach as well. As such, if you have been affected by the data breaches, you may be able to sign-up for a legal case.
About the GLO
The GLO (Group Litigation Order) was formed at a hearing in October whereby Mr Justice Warby gave the go ahead for the British Airways data class action to proceed as a GLO.
A GLO action is where hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands (or millions) of cases can group together to proceed as one joint action. This can be beneficial because most (if not all) cases will be subject to the same legal arguments, so to save lots of different cases being pursued separately through different county courts around England and Wales, we can bring them together.
This can allow for a far faster and more efficient process toward settlement and resolution.
The Steering Committee
When a GLO is formed, lots of cases from potentially many different law firms will be grouped together. Usually, one or more of those firms will form a Steering Committee that’s responsible for the overall conduct of the litigation.
In the British Airways data class action case, we have been appointed (by order of the High Court) to the Steering Committee, which can be beneficial for our clients. This means we will remain at the forefront of the battle for justice which, as specialist GLO lawyers, suits us perfectly.
Joining the BA Group Action
If you’re eligible to join, you can benefit from the No Win, No Fee representation that we can offer.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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First published by Author on November 26, 2019
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