Judge dismisses class-action lawsuit against UPMC for 2014 data breach

A county judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Pittsburgh-based UPMC regarding a 2014 data breach, according to a Trib Live report.

In March 2014, UPMC reported 322 employees' tax information had been stolen, a number they later revised to 27,000 employees. A class-action lawsuit was filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, alleging the health system failed to adequately protect employee information and also did not disclose the breach in a timely manner.

In his opinion, Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick wrote UPMC itself was also a victim of the cyberattack and an improved cybersecurity system may not have prevented the breach, according to the report.

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