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Responding to Subpoenas and Other Requests for Personal Health Information: Take Them at Face Value

Healthcare providers and other HIPAA covered entities receive requests for protected health information (“PHI”) from a variety of sources on a daily basis. Such requests can range from informal requests made during the course...more

Potential Privacy Breach Results in the Conditional Certification of a Class Action

On July 27, 2015, the Federal Court conditionally certified a class action with respect to an alleged privacy breach arising from the federal government’s administration of the Marihuana Medical Access Program (the Program)....more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 5, Number 3

RESPONDING TO SUBPOENAS AND OTHER REQUESTS FOR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION: TAKE THEM AT FACE VALUE - Healthcare providers and other HIPAA covered entities receive requests for protected health information (“PHI”) from...more

Data processing company hit with class action lawsuit for data breach and Judge denies class certification the next day

Advanced Data Processing, Inc. and Intermedix Corp. were sued in federal court in Florida last week for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for failing to protect the health information...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 10, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: Victoria 3 August 2015 - AB v McKimm & Anor [2015] VCC 987 The County Court of Victoria granted an...more

Telemedicine Prescribers Should Read This Case: U.S. vs. Zadeh

Health care providers who use telemedicine for remote prescribing of controlled substances should pay close attention to an important case currently pending at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case will decide whether...more

Class action filed against UCLA following data breach

We previously reported that UCLA suffered a data breach affecting 4.5 million patients. Days following the announcement of the breach, plaintiffs filed a proposed class action lawsuit against UCLA, alleging that UCLA should...more

Advocate Health data breach class action suit dismissal upheld by Appellate Court

In August of 2013, four computers of Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation (Advocate Health) were stolen from one of its offices. The computers contained the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health...more

Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Claims

In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s computer system was hacked, resulting in the disclosure of sensitive personal information of current and former employees, including names, addresses, birthdates, social...more

Lack of Typicality and Adequacy of Representation Prevents Class Certification in Health Care Data Breach

The opinion from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas reinforces lack of standing as a defense for companies facing data breach–related class actions. On March 25, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas provided...more

Insurer Seeks Declaratory Judgment Against Policyholder for Data Breach

Late last month, Columbia Casualty Company instituted a declaratory judgment lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against its insured, Cottage Health System. Columbia Casualty...more

At least 90 class actions primed for consolidation relative to 2015 Anthem data breach

On February 4, 2015, health insurer Anthem disclosed a data breach affecting the personal and financial information of up to eighty million Anthem members throughout the United States. Beginning the very next day, class...more

Peer Review Privilege: Facts vs. Conclusions

All states have some degree of confidentiality protection for peer review activities and the information generated by those activities, and there is additional federal protection for information gathered and created by...more

What to Do if You Receive a Subpoena for Documents From the US Department of Justice

Receiving an unexpected Department of Justice (“DOJ”) subpoena for documents and testimony is a jarring experience for anyone in Government contracting. But more and more contractors may receive such subpoenas as the...more

Federal Courts in the Third Circuit are Following the National Trend and Dismissing Data Breach Cases for Lack of Standing

Data breaches are becoming increasingly common. These incidents have spawned considerable litigation, including class action lawsuits brought by individuals whose personal information has been compromised. But many of these...more

Data Breach Class Actions: Don’t Overlook Standing Defense Just Because Plaintiff Alleges Identity Theft

A New Jersey federal district court recently dismissed the putative class action claims of four plaintiffs against a health care defendant following the theft of two password-protected laptops allegedly containing personal...more

US District Court for the District of New Jersey Dismisses Data Breach Class Action on Lack of Article III Standing

In re Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. Data Breach Litigation was a class action law suit arising out of the theft of two of Horizon’s password-protected laptops that contained the personal information of more than 839,000...more

Physician Practices Be Alert: You Might Be Violating HIPAA If You Produce Medical Records In Response To State Court Subpoenas

Over the past months, my experiences with physician practices have made me realize that many practices do not understand how HIPAA applies to subpoenas for medical records. More worrisome, I suspect that many practices...more

Horizon Avoids Data Breach Class Action For Lack Of Standing

On March 31, 2015, a New Jersey federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. alleging the company failed to protect the personal information of thousands of insurance network members...more

Health Plan Lawsuits and Data Breach Claims: Recent Developments and Implications

Five class action lawsuits have been filed against Premera Blue Cross in federal court in Seattle, Washington following the recent report of a data breach that affected approximately 11 million individuals. The lawsuits make...more

Data breach class action suit against Horizon Blue Cross dismissed

Late last week, a federal court judge in New Jersey dismissed a putative class action lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross for a data breach involving two unencrypted laptops that were lost in 2013. The case alleged that close...more

Walgreen Settles Prescription Robocall Suit for $11 million

Walgreen Co. this week settled a putative class action law suit alleging that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for $11 million. The plaintiffs alleged that Walgreen violated TCPA when it placed...more

Beware medical records subpoenas: Connecticut Supreme Court issues opinion on negligence for noncompliance with HIPAA standards

Health care providers and their medical records custodians constantly find themselves under pressure to release medical records immediately upon receipt of a subpoena. However, regardless of the subpoena or the pesky...more

Multiple class action lawsuits filed against Premera Blue Cross for data breach

Days following Premera Blue Cross’s public announcement that it had experienced a data breach affecting approximately 11 million, it has been sued five times (as of the time of this writing) in proposed class action lawsuits...more

PHIPA offers “no shelter” to Ontario Hospital from class proceedings for breach of privacy

Back in 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal recognized the tort of invasion of privacy – fast forward to the recent string of privacy breaches of personal information held by health care facilities in Ontario. Along comes...more

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