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DoD Hit with $4.9 Billion Lawsuit Over Data Breach

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 14, 2011

The Department of Defense is facing a $4.9 billion lawsuit over the Tricare data breach that affected 4.9 million beneficiaries, ArmyTimes reports. The suit names Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Tricare but not the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., whose employee had backup tapes stolen from his vehicle on September 13. Plaintiffs are seeking $1,000 for each individual affected by the exposure. The suit alleges that plaintiffs incurred economic losses and "suffered emotional upset." The suit also seeks credit monitoring services. "It doesn't make us happy to bring this lawsuit," said one of the plaintiffs' attorneys involved. 
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