Yahoo has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class action securities litigation brought against it by shareholders who alleged that the company intentionally misled them about its cybersecurity practices in the wake of massive data breaches in 2013 and 2014 that compromised the personal information of all 3 billion of Yahoo customers.
The 2013 breach was not reported until 2016, and the full extent of the damage was not known until October 2017, months after the investors' lawsuit was filed. The listed defendants are the company, and its CEO and CFO at the time of the events, Marissa Meyer and Kenneth Goldman, respectively. The settlement class includes all those who purchased or acquired Yahoo securities on the open market between April 30, 2013, and Dec. 14, 2016.
The settlement must now be accepted by the court.
A separate class action suit against Yahoo is also being brought by the victims of the breach whose personal data was exposed in the 2013 breach. The incidents forced Yahoo to trim $350 million off the original $4.83 billion asking price when it sold its main assets to Verizon in 2017.