Lance Griffin has an update to another long-running data breach lawsuit:
A federal judge has granted class action status to a civil lawsuit involving the theft of personal information at Flowers Hospital, believed to have occurred in 2013.
The decision, if ultimately approved, means people who believe they have been adversely affected as a result of the theft of their personal information may pursue their claims against the hospital’s parent company as a group instead of individually.
The lawsuit stems from a 2014 criminal case in which a man hired as a phlebotomist, Kamarian Millender, obtained non-hospital patient records stored at the hospital and used the information to file as many as 124 fraudulent federal tax returns for the 2012 and 2013 tax years. Millender was arrested in February of 2014 and was found in possession of 54 patient records.