Decision to Dismiss Excellus Data Breach Class Action Reversed in Favor of Plaintiffs

U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, who is presiding over the Excellus data breach class action, reinstated certain plaintiffs’ claims in a decision released on Friday that reconsidered and reversed her previous ruling dismissing those claims. In a decision last February, Judge Wolford ruled that four of the twenty named plaintiffs in the class… View Article
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How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft after Your Data Has Been Breached

Following the unprecedented data breach at Excellus, the 10 million plus affected people are looking for ways to protect themselves from impending risk of future identity theft. One of the best ways to protect oneself is to make sure that passwords are changed regularly and to not maintain the same password across various accounts. In… View Article
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Plaintiffs Seek Reconsideration of Court’s Decision in Excellus Data Breach Case

On February 22, 2017, Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York issued a 90-page decision granting in part and denying in part Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss. In her decision, she dismissed the claims brought by those plaintiffs who had not yet experienced any actual identity… View Article
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Cybersecurity Attacks are 2016’s Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches

The top ten data breaches within the healthcare industry in 2016 were caused primarily by cybersecurity attacks such as ransomware and unauthorized access. In 2016, approximately 300 data breach incidents were reported to the Office for Civil Rights, among which 95 were caused by an IT-related or hacking occurrence and 125 stemmed from unauthorized access… View Article
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Court Holds Hearings on Excellus Class Action Case

Earlier this year, the Defendants filed papers with the Court asking that the Class Action case be dismissed on various legal grounds. Plaintiffs filed opposition papers asking the Court to continue the case. In September, Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York held a hearing… View Article
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Data Breaches Should Be Scored

Forbes author, Dan Munro, discusses how healthcare is a soft target for cyberattacks and how these data breaches should be scored. “For the second time in three years, a healthcare data breach was announced around the biggest cybersecurity conferences of the year–Black Hat. Two years ago it was the CHS breach affecting about 4.5 million patients,… View Article
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Consumers Refuse to Allow Blue Cross to Escape Data Breach Claims

On Thursday, consumers in New York federal court argued that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association cannot escape the class action claims it faces over a health insurance data breach and must be held responsible for failing to protect sensitive information. The BCBSA proposed a bid to shake the data breach claims against Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which is… View Article
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