Judge approves AHP settlement

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. – A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a class action settlement, the latest development in a lawsuit charging American HomePatient with negligence and invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit stems from the burglary on Jan. 6, 2017, at AHP’s Newark, Del., office of five unencrypted computer hard drives potentially containing sensitive and protected health information, medical information and other personally identifiable information of up to 13,701 customers.

“Plaintiff brings this class action against American HomePatient for failing to adequately secure and safeguard the PII of plaintiff and the class, for failing to comply with industry standards encrypting computers and hard drives that contain PII, and for failing to provide timely, accurate and adequate notice to plaintiff and other class members as to precisely how and when their sensitive personal information had been given to unknown persons,” states the class action lawsuit, filed by Joseph Kuss in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

A final approval hearing for the settlement is set for June 26.