In re Community Health Systems, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, Case No. 15-CV-222-KOB
Patients who gave their personal information to a CHSPSC-affiliated physician practice or clinic may be eligible for a payment from a class action settlement.
A Settlement has been reached with Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation n/k/a CHSPSC, LLC (“CHSPSC”) in a class action lawsuit about a data security incident that occurred in April and June, 2014.
CHSPSC’s computer network system was the target of an external criminal-cyberattack in April and June 2014, which is believed to have been perpetrated by an Advanced Persistent Threat group originating from China (the “Incident” or the “Security Incident”). CHSPSC publicly announced the Security Incident on August 18, 2014, and mailed notice regarding the Incident to affected patients. After an investigation, it was learned that the data taken included personal information for patients of certain CHSPSC affiliated physician practices and clinics, including names, addresses, birthdates, social security numbers, and, in some cases, telephone numbers, and the names of employers and/or guarantors. Subsequently, numerous lawsuits were filed asserting claims against CHSPSC relating to the Security Incident, which were consolidated before Chief Judge Karon O. Bowdre of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
The Settlement includes all residents of the United States whose Personal Information was affected during the cyberattack on CHSPSC’s computer network systems that was publicly announced on August 18, 2014.
The Settlement provides payments to people who submit valid claims for out-of-pocket expenses and charges that were incurred and plausibly arose from the Security Incident, and for other unreimbursed monetary losses from fraud or identity theft.
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