Privacy lawsuit against MDLive dismissed: 3 things to know

The lead plaintiff in a class-action privacy lawsuit filed against MDLive, a Sunrise, Fla.-based telehealth provider, voluntarily dismissed the suit June 2.

Here are three things to know about the lawsuit and its dismissal.

1. Lead plaintiff Joan Richards filed the lawsuit April 18, claiming MDLive's telehealth app delivered screenshots of consumer interactions to a third-party vendor without appropriately notifying its users. The third-party vendor in question, TestFairy, provides performance testing for mobile apps.

2. MDLive filed a motion to dismiss the class-action lawsuit in a Florida federal district court, citing its terms of use and privacy policy. MDLive's privacy policy states an individual's personal information may be disclosed to "contractors, service providers and other third parties to support MDLive's business," according to a GovInfoSecurity.com report.

3. The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the class-action lawsuit with prejudice, according to an order dismissal from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dated June 5. The company did not pay any settlement payment or other consideration in connection with the dismissal, according to an MDLive news release.

"Privacy and patient confidentiality are at the heart of everything we do, and MDLive will continue to rigorously review and evolve our technology and processes to safeguard member information and build trust in the telehealth industry," Scott Decker, CEO of MDLive, said in the news release. 

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