LA County, Medical Billing Co. Off Hook For Stolen Records

Law360, Los Angeles (January 23, 2015, 10:51 PM EST) -- A California judge on Friday said she would dismiss a putative class action alleging that Los Angeles County and a medical billing contractor's negligence led to patients' medical records being stolen, saying the plaintiffs need to support their allegation that medical information was actually exposed.

Several patients of the county's Department of Health Services had alleged that the county and billing contractor Sutherland Healthcare Solutions Inc. are liable for violating the state's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act in the wake of a burglary at Sutherland's office in Torrance, California, in which eight computers were stolen.

The county and Sutherland had urged...

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