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Tag Archives: class actions

Posted in Health Privacy/HIPAA, Privacy & Security Litigation

Aetna $17.2 Million Breach Settlement Brings Lessons for Handling Health Data

Aetna will pay almost $17.2 million to settle a federal class action lawsuit stemming from a 2017 mailing that disclosed the HIV status of health plan members. Aetna also agreed last week to pay a $1.15 million fine to the state of New York after the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into Aetna’s alleged violations of federal and state privacy laws. Both settlements require compliance monitoring and record keeping obligations.

Posted in Privacy & Security Litigation

ZIP Code Class Actions Expand into the District of Columbia

Class action litigation challenging the practice of merchants that ask customers to provide their ZIP codes has expanded into the District of Columbia, representing an important new front in ZIP code litigation, which previously had been concentrated in California and Massachusetts, and has important implications for the ability of plaintiffs to establish standing in privacy-related actions more generally.

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Privacy & Security Litigation, Social Media

Federal Court Certifies 60,000-Member Class in “Wireless Spam” TCPA Litigation against Insurance Company, for Actions of Its Marketing Vendors

In a decision with important implications for companies that hire outside marketing firms, a federal judge has certified a class of nearly 60,000 individuals who allegedly received an unsolicited text message from a marketing company hired by Stonebridge Life Insurance Company. The plaintiff in Lee v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company and Trifecta Marketing Company, LLC, 3:11-cv-00043 (N.D. […]