Class-Action Status Sought in Suit
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.June 8, 2012
A potential class-action lawsuit has been filed against Emory Healthcare for an April patient data breach, ATLAW reports. The suit seeks $1,000 and unspecified "exemplary" damages for each class member and individual damages for the costs related to credit monitoring. It alleges invasion of privacy, negligence and breach of implied contract and asks that a judge certify a class of every Georgia resident affected, which is estimated to be between 200,000 and 250,000. The breach involved the loss of 10 computer disks containing personal and health information--including Social Security numbers--of thousands of patients.