Data breach lawsuit against former parent company of Flowers Hospital survives motion to dismiss

There’s a noteworthy update to a lawsuit against Triad of Alabama, the former parent company for Flowers Hospital, whose employee was convicted on both federal and state charges for stealing and trafficking in patient information for tax refund fraud. The breach and earlier developments in the lawsuit were covered on

Today, Lance Griffin reports that the amended class complaint survived a motion to dismiss. What’s particularly noteworthy is that the complaint alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) as well as negligence and violations of state laws.  Griffin reports:

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Keith Watkins adopted the recommendation of a magistrate judge and carried the vast majority of the claims in the case to the suit’s discovery stage.

The suit lists five named defendants whose private patient information appears to have been stolen by a hospital employee some time between June 2013 and February 2014.

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