UPMC Says Data Sharing Suit Belongs In Federal Court

Law360 (July 14, 2020, 9:04 PM EDT) -- Counsel for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center argued Tuesday that a patient portal blamed for capturing and sharing browsers' private information was created under the auspices of federal programs, so a proposed class action over data shared with third parties belongs in federal court.

UPMC said it had "federal officer" status in the lawsuit because it was acting to assist the Department of Health and Human Services and two subsidiaries within HHS on their goals of creating and promoting digital, shareable health records, and was bound by federal regulations.

Though the plaintiffs claimed the health network had broken those federal...

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