Whistle-Blower Drops Class-Action Lawsuit Against UPMC Over Data Breach

The federal class-action lawsuit against Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Weston, Fla.-based Ultimate Software Group, UPMC's payroll software provider, has dismissed by the whistle-blower who filed the case, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

In April, UPMC notified nearly 27,000 of its 62,000 employees their information, including Social Security numbers, had been accessed by hackers. The hackers filed phony tax returns for nearly 800 UPMC employees using the information they accessed.

As a result of the data breach, a class-action lawsuit was filed against UPMC in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, alleging UPMC failed to disclose the breach in a timely manner and failed to adequately protect employee information.

A second class-action lawsuit was filed against UPMC this month in federal court regarding the data breach that added Ultimate Software Group as a defendant.

The whistle-blower dismissed the federal lawsuit against both defendants. No further legal action will be taken against Ultimate Software Group, as the whistle-blower's attorneys concluded the payroll vendor never had any dealings with UPMC. The lawsuit against UPMC in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas will continue, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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