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Judge Gives Boston Children’s Hospital Hacker 10-Year Jail Sentence

January 11, 2019 - The hacker behind the notorious 2014 cyberattack on Boston Children’s hospital and another facility has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. In August 2018, Martin Gottesfeld was found guilty of launching the attack on behalf of hacking activist group Anonymous, in protest of the treatment a teenager was receiving at the hospital. The Connecticut teenager was the center of a...


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Avery Center to Pay Patient $853K for Impermissible Data Disclosure

by Jessica Davis

The Bridgeport Superior Court ruled the Avery Center of Obstetrics and Gynecology must pay a former Connecticut resident $853,000, for releasing the woman’s medical records to her past boyfriend without her consent. The lawsuit,...

Woman Charges WV Firm With Violating Her Patient Privacy Rights

by Fred Donovan

Elizabeth Fry, a resident of Logan County, West Virginia, has filed a state lawsuit in Kanasha Circuit Court charging that Charleston-based Molina Information Systems violated her patient privacy rights by providing third party access to...

California Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Health Data Breach Suit

by Fred Donovan

The California Superior Court has denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against A.J. Boggs & Company for a health data breach that exposed confidential medical records of 93 individuals with HIV, Lambda Legal, who is...

Premera Accused of Trashing Computer in Health Data Breach Lawsuit

by Fred Donovan

Premera Blue Cross is being accused of destroying a key piece of evidence in the class-action lawsuit against the health insurer over a health data breach that compromised PHI on 11 million people. Lawyers for the breach victims filed a...

Oklahoma Hospital Sued for Alleged HIPAA Violation Over Drowning

by Fred Donovan

McAlester Regional Health Center (MRHC) in Oklahoma is being sued for an alleged HIPAA violation for sharing information on a boy’s drowning with his biological mother, reported the Pauls Valley Democrat newspaper on Aug. 23. The...

Judge Gives Final OK to $115M Anthem Data Breach Settlement

by Fred Donovan

US District Judge Lucy Koh has given final approval to a $115 million settlement that ends further claims against Anthem over its 2015 data breach that exposed personal information on 79 million people. Potentially exposed data included...

Court Rejects Review of FTC Actions in LabMD Data Security Case

by Fred Donovan

A federal appeals court rejected a request by LabMD founder Michael Daugherty for a review of a previous decision that shielded FTC lawyers from allegations that they engaged in unfair enforcement action regarding the now-defunct medical...

Federal Court Sides with Main Line Health in HIPAA Violation Case

by Fred Donovan

A federal court in Pennsylvania recently ruled against a Main Line Health employee who argued that her dismissal was due to age discrimination, not a HIPAA violation as the company claimed. Philadelphia-based Main Line Health Inc....

Washington Bolsters Patient Privacy Rights with New Law

by Fred Donovan

A Washington state law (SB 6027) set to take effect June 7 limits the use of medical and mental health records in discrimination lawsuits, strengthening patient privacy rights, the Seattle Times reported.  The state House passed SB...

What the CareFirst Data Breach Decision Means for Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

In February 2018, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari in the CareFirst data breach case. CareFirst had requested the Court review the class action lawsuit against it that came from two separate incidents. The first occurred in June...

CareFirst Data Breach Case Moves to US Supreme Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A petition for writ of certiorari was recently filed with the US Supreme Court, pushing the CareFirst data breach case forward. CareFirst wants its case reviewed, which could potentially reignite the debate over how plaintiffs need to...

Federal Appeals Court Overturns CareFirst Data Breach Ruling

by Elizabeth Snell

A Federal appeals court reversed a previous ruling over the CareFirst data breach that took place in 2015 and impacted 1.1 million current and former CareFirst members. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said...

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