Floridians Go Class Action on Anthem

Posted March 2, 2015

Central Florida Law Firm Filed Proposed Class-Action Suit in Orlando Federal Court as Fallout from Anthem Breach Continues

Though Florida was not named as one of the states hardest hit by the Anthem breach, it is one where a class-action suit was filed on behalf of Florida customers of Indiana-based Anthem. As they say at Orlando’s Walt Disney World, “It’s a small world after all.”

Two representative plaintiffs, David and Maria Haag, live in the Orlando area. Their case is being handled by lead attorney John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan, who said he didn’t yet know how many Floridians may have been affected by the breach.

In a story on orlandosentinel.com, Paul Brinkmann describes the background of the suit against the nation’s second largest healthcare insurance company which administers health plans offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The following has been excerpted from Brinkmann’s story and edited to fit our format. You may find the full article by clicking on this link.

Lead attorney experienced with data breaches

Yanchunis is also involved in suing over data breaches at Target and Home Depot. “I believe this is the most significant data breach yet,” Yanchunis said of the Anthem data breach.

Anthem data not encrypted

There is no law that such data [such as that collected by Anthem] must be encrypted, and some companies decline to encrypt the data so that it is more accessible.

Suit charges Anthem negligent in protecting data

The new Orlando lawsuit alleges that Anthem was negligent in not protecting the data more. Yanchunis said encrypting data is expensive, but data breaches are more expensive. The stolen data include[d] names, dates of birth, social security numbers, health care ID numbers, home addresses, email addresses, and income data [of 80 million customers]. [Anthem didn’t] believe credit card information was taken.

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