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Accretive Wants MN AG's Lawsuit Dismissed

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 1, 2012

Attorneys for debt-collection agency Accretive have filed a motion for dismissal in response to a lawsuit filed by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The lawsuit alleges that Accretive accessed medical information through its relationship with two Minneapolis hospitals, used the data to gain patients and shared the data with its investors--all without patient consent. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson released her report on the case last week, calling the practices "abominable" and "abusive" and a violation of privacy laws. Accretive calls the findings baseless. Meanwhile, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has written to the company outlining his concerns and requesting a response by May 4, and Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has called for a federal investigation.
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