LifeBridge Health Data Breach $9.5 Million Class Action Settlement

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LifeBridge Health has agreed to a nearly $9.5 million settlement to resolve claims that it failed to protect patient information during a data breach.

The settlement benefits individuals whose personal information was accessed during the LifeBridge data breach announced in May 2018.

LifeBridge Health is a Baltimore-based healthcare system that includes Sinai Hospital.

In May 2018, LifeBridge disclosed it had been the victim of a data breach that affected 530,000 patients. Further investigation into the breach revealed that it had been ongoing for 18 months after the initial breach in September 2016.

This ongoing breach has compromised patient names, birth dates, social security numbers, health information and more. In June 2020, the health system announced a new data breach affecting Sinai Hospital records.

Affected patients sued LifeBridge in a data breach class action lawsuit, arguing that the healthcare system failed to prevent, identify or mitigate data breaches due to its policies. below-average cybersecurity.

“Due to LifeBridge’s failure to implement and follow basic security protocols and procedures, the personal information of Complainants and Class Members is now in the hands of thieves,” claims the infringement class action lawsuit. of data.

Plaintiffs in the case say they were harmed by the violations. In addition to facing the ongoing risk of identity theft and fraud, plaintiffs allegedly experienced declined transactions, problems accessing email accounts, fraudulent accounts, fraudulent unemployment claims, and fraudulent claims. of COVID-19[feminine] disaster business loans.

LifeBridge admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to a class action settlement valued at $9.475 million. The settlement includes $800,000 in payments to class members, $775,000 in costs and $7.9 million in additional security measures.

Under the terms of the settlement, class members may receive reimbursement for lost time and other ordinary and extraordinary losses resulting from the data breach.

Each class member can claim up to three hours of lost time at a rate of $20 per hour. If they have suffered extraordinary disbursements, class members may claim an additional two hours of lost time at the same rate.

Class members may receive up to $250 for ordinary data losses such as bank charges, communication charges, credit monitoring, credit freeze charges and other expenses.

For extraordinary losses such as unreimbursed monetary losses, class members may receive up to $5,000.

Under the terms of the settlement, LifeBridge agreed to make cybersecurity upgrades worth $7.9 million. This includes encryption of sensitive data, biomedical device tracking software, network monitoring, regular maintenance, annual security training, enhanced account security, two-factor authentication and more.

The exclusion and objection deadline is October 4, 2022.

The final approval hearing for the LifeBridge Health data breach settlement is scheduled for October 26, 2022.

In order to receive settlement benefits, Class Members must submit a valid Claim Form by February 1, 2023.

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