Gibson Vance, a lawyer in our firm, has been appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for multidistrict litigation (MDL) surrounding a massive data breach affecting customers of Community Health Systems, Inc. The litigation is consolidated under Judge Karon Owen Bowdre, who is in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama.
In January, Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), admitted data from its affiliated physician practices and clinics was breached in what it terms a “foreign-based cyber-attack” on its computer network. The cyberattack occurred in April and June 2014 but was not publicly disclosed until August 2014. Data taken included patients’ names, addresses, birthdates, social security numbers and, in some cases, telephone numbers and the names of employers or guarantors. An estimated 4.5 million individuals who obtained services from CHS-affiliated physicians in the last five years may have been affected. Gibson had this to say:
This is important litigation and I am honored to be a part of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee. I look forward to working with attorneys from around the country on this case.
Community Health Systems is the largest operator of acute-care hospitals in the United States. Its affiliates own, operate or lease 206 hospitals in 29 states, with approximately 31,100 licensed beds.
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