Ad­vo­cate beats sec­ond suit over breach; oth­ers pend­ing

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Joseph Conn

Ad­vo­cate Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp. has now gone two for two in swat­ting away class-ac­tion law­suits stem­ming from last sum­mer’s mas­sive data breach in­volv­ing mil­lions of its pa­tient records. But sev­eral other cases against Ad­vo­cate are pend­ing.

Kane County (Ill.) Cir­cuit Court Judge James Mur­phy last week dis­missed with prej­u­dice a class-ac­tion suit in Ma­tias Maglio et al., vs Ad­vo­cate, cit­ing the plain­tiffs’ lack of le­gal stand­ing and fail­ure to prove ac­tual dam­ages, among other ra­tio­nales, in a three-page rul­ing in fa­vor of the 10hos­pi­tal Ad­vo­cate sys­tem. Ad­vo­cate is based in the Chicago sub­urb of Downer’s Grove, Ill. In May, a judge in Lake County, Ill., sim­i­larly dis­missed a class-ac­tion suit against Ad­vo­cate, rul­ing that its plain­tiffs could not claim in­juries based on po­ten­tial losses.

Ad­vo­cate still faces other cases re­lated to the breach, in­clud­ing a con­sol­i­da­tion of 12 class-ac­tion cases filed in Chicago’s Cook County Cir­cuit Court.

Last July, bur­glars hit the Ad­vo­cate Med­i­cal Group ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice in Park Ridge, an­other Chicago sub­urb, walk­ing away with four unen- crypted com­put­ers con­tain­ing the med­i­cal records of more than 4 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als.

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