4th Circ. Backs Nix Of VA Hospital Breach Suit

By Steven Trader (February 8, 2017, 8:05 PM EST) -- Two veterans recently struck out on their bid to revive class allegations of patient information theft at a South Carolina veterans hospital, after the Fourth Circuit concluded in a published opinion that the pair established no concrete, certainly impending injury.

A laptop and four boxes of patient files had been stolen from the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in two data breaches in 2013 and 2014, according to separate proposed class actions filed by Richard Beck and Beverly Watson, which alleged that the hospital, then-U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and numerous hospital executives violated federal privacy law...

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