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A federal judge in Philadelphia has granted a preliminary approval to settle the Wawa data security breach lawsuit brought by credit unions for $28.5 million, plus $9 million in attorneys’ fees.

“This was not a settlement agreement reached overnight but rather one that commenced in November 2021 and did not ultimately conclude until March 2023,” U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter wrote in an Oct. 12 memorandum. “No party received exactly what they wanted, as evidenced during oral argument. All evidence indicates that the settlement was conducted at arm’s length by adequate, experienced counsel.”

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