Note the underlined bits. Note the choice of words used. Spam, instead of Security Breach. ”Other personal information”, instead of “including Social Security Numbers, Account Balances, Home Addresses and Phone Numbers” or better yet, the – still undisclosed – complete actual list of the data fields in the compromised database.
I’ve been following TD Ameritrads’s SEC Filings – 10-Q’s, etc.
In one 10-Q, I find this note about the case; similar notes are in other 10-Q’s:
Spam Litigation – A purported class action, captioned Elvey v. TD Ameritrade, Inc., was filed on May 31, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges that there was a breach in TDA Inc.’s systems, which allowed access to e-mail addresses and other personal information of account holders, and that as a result account holders received unsolicited e-mail from spammers promoting certain stocks and have been subjected to an increased risk of identity theft. The complaint requests unspecified damages and injunctive and other equitable relief. A second lawsuit, captioned Zigler v. TD Ameritrade, Inc., was filed on September 26, 2007, in the same jurisdiction on behalf of a purported nationwide class of account holders. The factual allegations of the complaint and the relief sought are substantially the same as those in the first lawsuit. The cases were consolidated under the caption In re TD Ameritrade Accountholders Litigation. The Company hired an independent consultant to investigate whether identity theft occurred as a result of the breach. The consultant has conducted four investigations since August 2007 and reported that it found no evidence of identity theft. The parties entered into an agreement to settle the lawsuits on a class basis subject to court approval. On May 1, 2009, the Court granted preliminary approval of the proposed settlement, which had been revised, and set a hearing on final approval for September 10, 2009. Some class members have filed objections and opt-outs. The settlement is not expected to have a material effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.