Today it was announced that Sony has agreed to pay a $15 million settlement for the class action lawsuit brought against them for the 2011 data breach. The breach led to the theft of names, addresses and credit card information from 77 million PSN user accounts.
Instead of direct monetary compensation, the settlement (pending final approval) offers free PS3 and PSP titles, free themes, free subscriptions to PSN (three months for first comers and one month for those that file later on), free Music Unlimted subscriptions and free SOE Station Cash.
Claims by those who didn’t participate in Sony’s “Welcome Back” program will be conducted on a first-come first-serve basis, to an aggregated cap of $6 million. Claimants will be able to choose either two separate benefit options or two instances of one PSN benefit option. Those that did participate in the program, however, are eligible for either one game benefit, a theme benefit or a PlayStation Plus subscription benefit.
Qriocity account holders who did not have a PSN account at the time of the breach are eligible to receive one free month of Music Unlimited service, which currently costs $4.99 per month. SOE claimants are eligible for $4.50 worth of Station Cash.
The final fairness hearing, in which a judge rules on the fairness of the settlement agreement, will take place on May 1, 2015. You can file a claim by going to this site and the earliest filing date is 60 days after the settlement becomes final.