Lawsuits Increasing Following HIPAA Breaches

Almost as surely as summer follows spring, lawsuits follow breaches of protected health information. Here’s a roundup of recent HIPAA breach lawsuits and settlements. Lawsuits Increasing Following HIPAA Breaches - Facts and Figures The law firm BakerHostetler published its annual Data Security Incident Response Report based on findings from 1,270 data security incidents managed by the firm in 2021.  Highlights included: 23% [...]

2022-05-27T16:58:52-04:00May 27th, 2022|

Settlement Reached in Excellus HIPAA Class Action Lawsuit

The final chapter of the Excellus Health Plan 2015 data breach that affected more than 9.3 million patients nationwide may be in sight. A settlement has been reached between the plaintiffs’ attorneys and the company in the Excellus HIPAA class action lawsuit, pending judicial review. Basis of Excellus HIPAA Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys announced the settlement on January 24, 2022, with Excellus, [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:39-04:00January 27th, 2022|

Data Breach Lawsuit Filed After Theft of Nearly 320k Records

Electronic Health Record (EHR) services provider QRS Inc. is facing a data breach lawsuit following an August cyberattack that may have compromised the privacy of 319,778 patients. Background of QRS Data Breach Lawsuit In a statement on their website, QRS confirmed their discovery on August 26, 2021, that a threat actor had accessed a server and may have obtained electronic protected health [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:41-04:00January 14th, 2022|

Quest Diagnostics Subsidiary Hit with Data Breach Lawsuit

Quest Diagnostics subsidiary, ReproSource Fertility Diagnostics has been sued by a patient over alleged security deficiencies. The Quest data breach lawsuit was filed one month after the October 8, 2021 announcement of a ransomware attack that potentially exposed the protected health information (PHI) of 350,000 individuals. Details of the Quest Data Breach Lawsuit According to the notification provided by ReproSource, the company’s [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:43-04:00December 31st, 2021|

Planned Parenthood Class Action Lawsuit Filed Following Data Breach

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles faces a class-action lawsuit in the wake of an October cyberattack that potentially exposed the protected health information (PHI) of 409,759 patients. The Planned Parenthood class-action lawsuit is discussed in detail below Planned Parenthood Class-Action Lawsuit – Details of Lawsuit Filed on December 9, 2021, by an unnamed patient, the lawsuit alleges that the patient and class members [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:47-04:00December 10th, 2021|

Health Data Breach Lawsuit Filed Under CCPA

In July 2021, UC San Diego Health notified the public that it had been the victim of a four-month long phishing attack that gave hackers access to the protected health information of 495,949 patients. As a result, a health data breach lawsuit was filed alleging a violation of California Consumer Privacy Act, negligence, and breach of contract. The lawsuit seeks class-action status. [...]

2022-05-06T14:43:57-04:00September 30th, 2021|

Einstein Healthcare Class Action Lawsuit Alleges PHI Breach

Recently, a healthcare class action lawsuit was filed against Einstein Healthcare. The lead plaintiff in the healthcare lawsuit is patient Nanette Katz. In August of 2020, Einstein was the victim of a phishing attack that led to numerous employee email accounts being accessed by someone without authorization.  The 51-page complaint alleges Einstein Healthcare failed to secure and safeguard the protected health information (PHI) of patients, and failed to [...]

2021-05-04T13:39:21-04:00May 3rd, 2021|

21st Century Oncology Settles HIPAA Data Breach Lawsuit

In late 2015, a cyberattacker accessed 21st Century Oncology’s (21CO) network database. As a result, 21CO was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights. 21CO settled with HHS, however, a class action lawsuit was then filed against them. Details on the settlement and the HIPAA data breach lawsuit are discussed below. 21st Century Oncology and OCR Settlement [...]

2021-02-18T10:58:36-05:00February 18th, 2021|

Mayo Clinic Breach Leads to Healthcare Class Action Lawsuits

Back in August, Mayo Clinic announced that one of their former employees inappropriately accessed the medical records of 1,600 patients. This insider breach led several affected patients to file class action lawsuits against Mayo. The details of the breach and healthcare class action lawsuits are discussed below. Mayo Clinic Insider Breach On August 5, Mayo Clinic discovered that a former employee accessed patient files without authorization. The employee [...]

2022-05-06T14:44:14-04:00December 4th, 2020|