The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia preliminarily approved a settlement between Home Depot and a class of consumers whose personal information was compromised as a result of a data breach in Home Depot’s payment data systems.  The breach affected more than 50 million people who used payment cards at self-checkout lanes in Home Depot stores from April to September 2014.  Under the proposed settlement, Home Depot has agreed to set up a $13 million fund to reimburse class members for out-of-pocket losses, to pay at least $6.5 million for identity protection services, and to improve its data security practices.  The Court will hold the final approval hearing for the settlement in August 2016.  However, that hearing does not necessarily mean the end of litigation for Home Depot; the company is still facing claims by financial institutions related to the breach, which are being litigated on a separate track.