Wawa Settles Data Breach Lawsuit with Gift Cards, Cash and a Cybersecurity Upgrade

Image via Tom Gralish, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
A Wawa gas station at 2535 Aramingo Ave. in Philadelphia.

Wawa will be paying its customers up to $9 million as it spends another $35 million to upgrade its cybersecurity, writes Christian Hetrick for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Those actions settle a class action federal  lawsuit over a nine-month data breach that took credit and debt information from some of Wawa’s customers.

The Haverford law firm Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP represented consumers in the case.

Customers who used payment cards at a Wawa store or fuel pump between March 4, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019 will receive up to $8 million in Wawa gifts cards. Another $1 million in cash payments will be made to affected customers.

Class members who did not suffer fraud on their payment cards could get a $5 gift card. Those who can show someone tried or succeeded in victimizing them can receive a $15 gift card.

Consumers who can provide “reasonable documentary proof” that they lost money because of fraud could be reimbursed up to $500.

In 2019, hackers installed malware that took in-store and gas pump data that included cardholder names, numbers and expiration dates.

All Wawa stores were affected, with millions of payment cards compromised.

Read more about Wawa’s credit hack settlement at The Philadelphia Inquirer.