Health Aid of Ohio settles class action lawsuit stemming from 2021 ransomware attack
There’s one thing I am sure of: even if I fail to cover some breaches on this site, class action lawyers will still be busy suing entities.
Top Class Actions reports a settlement in a suit involving a Health Aid of Ohio breach in February of last year.
Although not reported on this site at the time, DataBreaches’ non-public worksheets had noted that Conti threat actors had added Health Aid of Ohio to their dedicated leak site in March. In April, Health Aid of Ohio issued a breach notice that disclosed the attack of February 19. The notice revealed that patients’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses, insurance information, telephone numbers and other information might have been exfiltrated in the breach.
Health Aid of Ohio also reported the incident to HHS in April 2021 as impacting 141,149 patients.
As Top Class Actions reports, some affected consumers filed suit, alleging negligence, invasion of privacy, unjust enrichment, and more. As is the norm in such matters, Health Aid of Ohio hasn’t admitted any wrongdoing but has agreed to settle the suit.
The case is Kathleen Devine, et al. v. Health Aid of Ohio, Inc., Case No. CV-21-948117., Case No. CV 21 948117, in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio
The settlement discusses two subclasses: those whose Social Security numbers were involved, and those who did not have SSN involved. Members of the first subclass may be eligible for monetary compensation up to $250.00; in cases of actual fraud, more compensation may be available, up to $2,500.00 per class member.
All class members, even those who did not have SSN involved, will be eligible for one year of credit monitoring and restoration services.
More details can be found in the settlement agreement.
Those who want to object to the settlement or opt out of the settlement have until July 22 to do so.
In order to receive a payment from the settlement, eligible class members must submit a valid claim form by Aug. 22, 2022.
The final approval hearing for settlement is scheduled for Sept. 20, 2022.
The court-approved settlement website, with details of the settlement, can be found at HealthAidSettlement.com.