California's Sutter Health Faces Two Lawsuits Over Data Breach Affecting 4.2M Patients

Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health is facing two class-action lawsuits after a stolen computer potentially exposed information on more than four million of its patients, according to a news release and Sacramento Bee report.

In mid-October a computer was stolen from the administrative offices of Sutter Health affiliate Sutter Medical Foundation. The computer contained some demographic and medical information on Sutter Medical Foundation patients and patients whose healthcare provider is supported by Sutter Physician Services.

On Nov. 16, when Sutter issued a news release on the theft, the law firm Harris & Ruble filed a class-action lawsuit against Sutter Medical Foundation and Sutter Physician Services. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiff Javier Garcia, alleges Sutter did not properly safeguard patients' medical information and did not notify patients of the breach in the required timeframe.

On Nov. 21, the firm Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood also filed a class-action suit against Sutter Health on behalf of plaintiff Karen Pardieck. The suit makes the same claims as Harris & Ruble and seeks $1,000 for each member of the class and attorney's fees.

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