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What is this lawsuit about?
The Class Representative contends that Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, InSync Computer Solutions, Inc., CIO Solutions, Inc. and CIO Solutions, LP violated the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, California Civil Code §§56, et seq. (“CMIA”), by placing the Settlement Class Members’ confidential medical information on a computer server that was accessible without log-in credentials, passwords, or encryption, at times between October 26, 2015 and November 8, 2015 without login credentials, passwords or encryption and allegedly releasing that confidential medical information.
Based on these allegations, the Class Representative asserts that the Settlement Class Members are entitled to statutory damages for the release and disclosure of their confidential medical information pursuant to California Civil Code §56.36(b)(1), general and/or specific damages, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses.
Defendants deny all allegations of wrongdoing and of liability, and deny that Plaintiff and the Settlement Class are entitled to any recovery, including statutory damages. There has been no finding of any violation or wrongdoing by Defendants by any court. The Court has not yet determined whether this action may proceed, either as a class action or on an individual basis.
Who is included?
All patients of a Cottage Health hospital (Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, or Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital) whose confidential information and/or records were placed on the SQL Server maintained by Cottage Health and were accessible between October 26, 2015 and November 8, 2015 without login credentials, passwords or encryption, are included in the Settlement Class.
How do I participate in the Settlement?
Class Members do not need to do anything to participate in the Settlement and receive their settlement payment. If a Class Member did not opt out, and the Court grants final approval of the Settlement and that approval becomes final, they will automatically receive their settlement payment by U.S. Mail. The Class Notice provides specific instructions for each Class Member to follow if they did not want to participate in the Settlement. Please review the Class Notice carefully.