Ex-patient sues storage firm over stolen U. records

Stephen Hunt of the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Just days after the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics announced the theft of 2.2 million patients’ billing records containing a variety of personal information, the first lawsuit over the debacle has been filed.

In a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday in 3rd District Court, former patient Patrick M. Beamish claims Perpetual Storage Inc. negligently allowed the records to be stolen, exposing him to the risk of identity theft.

Beamish’s attorney, Karra Porter, said Friday her client and other patients need immediate credit monitoring. Although the university has said it will provide free credit monitoring for a year to those whose Social Security numbers were compromised, Porter claimed that is not long enough.

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