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Court: Patients Can't Sue for Damages

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 29, 2012

Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking compensation for tens of thousands of people whose personal records were stolen from a healthcare provider, Oregon Live reports. A thief broke into a van parked at the home of an employee of Providence Health & Services in 2006 and stole medical information--including Social Security numbers--on some 365,000 people prompting federal and state investigations. However, the civil lawsuit "failed to substantiate a negligence claim" the report states, because it did not prove the stolen data was viewed or used by a third party. Meanwhile, the personal information of nearly 1,200 veterans was discovered unattended at a medical center in Kentucky last month.
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