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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

Ontario Court of Appeal Allows Privacy Tort in Medical Records Context

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the scope of the tort of “intrusion upon seclusion” first recognized by the same court in Jones v. Tsige in 2012. In Hopkins v. Kay, a proposed class action...more

Federal Court Decision Demonstrates Ongoing Challenges Faced by Plaintiffs in Data Breach Litigation

On February 11, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed a class action complaint against the St. Joseph Health System arising out of a data security breach that occurred after hackers...more

Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Complaint For Lack Of Standing

On February 11, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas held that a plaintiff lacked standing to pursue claims for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq....more

No Harm, No Standing: Texas Federal Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action

Dismissing a class action based on a data breach, the Southern District of Texas added to the growing number of decisions that find an alleged risk of future identity theft due to a data breach is not an injury that creates...more

Cybersecurity Attack on Anthem, Inc. Highlights the Cybersecurity Risks for All Companies Handling Electronic Medical Records

Health care providers, insurers and all who handle information on their behalf were put on notice last week that cybersecurity must be a high priority for their organizations. ...more

Data Breach Plaintiff Given Second Chance to Certify Class Action Suit

Recently, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled in favor of data breach plaintiff Avrum Baum, giving him a second chance to certify a class action suit against Keystone Mercy Health Plan. Baum brought suit against the...more

What Preemption? Connecticut State Court Gives Life to Negligence Claims Based on HIPAA Privacy Standard of Care

Like many federal statutes, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) contains a provision governing how the statute is designed to interact with similar or otherwise related state laws. When...more

Employer Liability for Employees’ Privacy Violations: What your organization should learn from Walgreens’ expensive lesson (hint:...

You may already have read the scintillating facts surrounding a jury award of $1.44 million (recently challenged unsuccessfully on appeal) against Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) following its pharmacist’s alleged inappropriate...more

Provider Beware: HIPAA and State Privacy Laws May Inform Negligence Suits

A recent opinion from the Connecticut Supreme Court illustrates that HIPAA is not the only law that covered entities and business associates must worry about if an unauthorized disclosure of protected health information (PHI)...more

Quirky Question #247, An Update on Wellness Programs

Question: Our company has been considering implementing financial incentives for employees to participate in biometric screening as part of an employee wellness program. Are there legal issues we should be...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Plaintiffs to Circumvent HIPAA’s No Private Right of Action Clause

In an opinion released on November 11, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its implementing regulations preempt a common law claim for...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision That Could Expand State Law Liability in Data Breach Class Actions for Businesses...

Health care providers have not escaped the recent proliferation of data breach class actions, but plaintiffs generally have been unsuccessful in bringing claims based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling Allows Private Plaintiff to Assert Negligence Claims Based on HIPAA

Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff may assert state law negligence claims against a healthcare clinic that allegedly released confidential patient health data based on the Health Insurance...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns HIPAA-Based Dismissal of State Law Privacy Claims

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the Connecticut Supreme Court announced its decision to overturn a trial court’s determination that a plaintiff could not bring state common law claims for negligence and negligent infliction of...more

A Recent State Supreme Court Ruling Opens the Door for Breach of Privacy Claims Against Health Care Providers

It has long been established that there was no private right of action with regard to HIPAA. All providers must be aware that state courts are beginning to turn the tide regarding such liability. On November 11, 2014, the...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes Right to Sue for Negligence Using HIPAA as Standard of Care

In a decision released November 11, 2014, the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court and held for the first time in Connecticut that (1) HIPAA does not preempt state common law claims for...more

California Health Care Providers Successfully Ward Off Data Breach Lawsuits

In a pair of recent cases, two California health care providers successfully warded off lawsuits arising from unauthorized data breaches of patient files. These cases illustrate that improper disclosure of electronically...more

Blog: Connecticut Court Holds HIPAA Does Not Preempt Common Law Claim for Breach of Confidentiality

The Connecticut Supreme Court held that the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does not bar individuals from bringing negligence and emotional distress claims under state common law for breach...more

Obama Administration the Target of Hackers; Former Administration Official Recipient of Subpoena Related to Cybersecurity

The Obama Administration's handling of cyber and data security was recently brought into question due to two distinct security incidents. On the same day that a former Administration official received a subpoena related to...more

Talk Amongst Yourselves: HIPAA Does Not Preempt Florida Med Mal Presuit Authorization Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently concluded that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) does not prevent the application of a Florida law requiring...more

Talk Amongst Yourselves: HIPAA Does Not Preempt Florida Med Mal Presuit Authorization Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently concluded that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) does not prevent the application of a Florida law requiring...more

Recent 11th Circuit Cases Provide Important HIPAA Guidance - Healthcare Providers Should Be Proactive by Reviewing Their HIPAA...

On Oct. 10, 2014, the 11th Circuit opinion in Murphy v. Dulay provides significant guidance regarding HIPAA authorization forms. One of the most important provisions of the opinion focuses on the fact that HIPAA...more

Ex Parte Communications between Treating Physician and Attorneys

Under HIPAA, physicians are permitted to disclose “protected health information” to their attorneys for purposes of their own healthcare operations. This allows physicians sued by patients for malpractice to provide their...more

Recent Trends in HIPAA Liability

Since the passage of the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule, there has been a substantial increase in HIPAA enforcement actions brought by the Department of Health and Human Services, including an increase in so-called “high-impact...more

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