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Lawyers in British Airways data breach compensation case lose £1m fee claim

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I recently looked at the pros and cons of joining the heavily advertised Group Litigation Order currently working through the courts in respect of the 2018 British Airways data breach.

A group of legal firms is bringing the first US-style class action lawsuit of its kind in the UK. If you sign up and were impacted by the British Airways data breach in 2018, you could receive a payment.

A court hearing was held last week to discuss what costs should be born by BA if it loses.

PGMBM, one of the law firms involved, believed that – if it wins the case – British Airways should pay for the £1m advertising campaign that PGMBM has been running to find claimants.

PGMBM claimed that it had spend £443,000 on advertising so far and intended to spend another £557,000 before the case was heard.

At the High Court on 2nd February, Mr Justice Saini told PGMBM to take a hike.

He made it clear that PGMBM’s advertising costs would not be recoverable from British Airways if the airline loses the case. They must be met from the cut of the proceeds paid to the lawyers by the claimants.

You can read more in the Law Society Gazette here.

PS. If you read the full judgement, you will see that only 23,000 people have so far joined the action despite advertising spend of £443,000. Head for Points could have generated a large percentage of this on its own! The advertising budget has not been well spent so far.


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Comments (54)

  • James says:

    I didn’t join… sure I’m peeved that BA allowed my data to be stolen, but life is already hard enough for airlines

    • QwertyKnowsBest says:

      +me.

    • Jon says:

      Consequential loss to me is zero. Amex said don’t worry, we will catch fraud, and either there was no fraud from my stolen details or they were right. Still waiting to see those fraudulent transactions, but nada so far. I can’t on the basis of that sue BA in good conscience, especially as a shareholder!

    • Peter says:

      Same here. I didn’t join. I don’t want to see BA get killed off, which sounds unlikely but big names have fallen before these class action law suits were a thing in the UK. Plus I’ve not lost any money as it stands. My passwords aren’t repeated so I should (touch wood) be okay.

    • Charlieface says:

      If I felt sorry for BA I would agree with you. But they are so underhanded I’m beyond caring about them.

      I still didn’t join, not interested in being on the hook for some lawyer’s fees if it fails, and any case I think the ICO should force them to pay out direct to victims, without anyone going to court

    • BS says:

      BA is not a charity. It doesn’t deserve my sympathy, and will happily eat me up and charge me eye-watering amounts for a last-minute ticket in an emergency. They are there to make one thing, money, and don’t care about you.
      I now continuously get calls from people pretending to be my bank, HMRC, my council tax, accident investigators etc. I can’t for sure say it’s related to the BA data breach, but they did start soon after then. This is despite me being on the TPS. Especially annoying when abroad as I pay £2 per minute to receive them.

      • Will says:

        I agree, if BA cared so much about its customers it would have encrypted their cc numbers and cvv’s.

        The breach was an outrageous case of negligence on BA’s behalf.

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