The Sultzer Law Group recently obtained a victory in the Southern District of New York on behalf of consumers who were victims of a data breach that gave unknown individuals access to Plaintiffs’ confidential information, including medical records and Social Security numbers.
Plaintiffs were all customers or patients of Health Quest when they learned of the corporation’s “phishing” incident in July 2018, otherwise known as the “Data Breach”. The Data Breach took place when an unauthorized party gained access to the emails and attachments of certain Health Quest employees. The emails and attachments that were obtained by the unauthorized party included Plaintiffs’ sensitive personal data, such as dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial account information, PIN numbers and security codes, payment card information, the names of their healthcare providers, dates of treatment, diagnosis information, and health insurance claims information.
In relevant part, the Court found that Plaintiffs plausibly argued that they suffered cognizable damages by claiming they were deprived of the benefit of the bargain for services they purchased from Health Quest. The Court also found that Plaintiffs suffered damages due to the incurred out-of-pocket costs for purchasing credit monitoring services. Moreover, the Court ascertained that Health Quest was negligent in properly maintaining Plaintiffs sensitive information. Lastly, the Court held that Health Quest violated its own privacy practices when it failed to protect Plaintiffs’ confidential information.
What is the takeaway? You may be entitled to significant financial compensation if you entrusted a corporation with confidential information that was not properly protected. Our team of attorneys treat every case with the time and care demanded to provide you with the best legal representation. Do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 552-0265 to speak with our legal team today.