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UCLA Faces Suit After Breach

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 22, 2011

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the University of California at Los Angeles Health System after a theft of medical records and other personal information on nearly 16,000 patients, The National Law Journal reports. Filed on December 14, the suit alleges that the system violated California's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act by not protecting the patients' information and allows for $1,000 in damages to each patient per occurrence. The records included names, birth dates, addresses and medical record numbers. The health system has declined to comment on the case.
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