Advocate beats second suit over breach; others pending
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.