AvMed's $3M Data Breach Deal Gets Key Nod With Rare Terms

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (February 28, 2014, 3:54 PM EST) -- A Florida federal judge on Friday gave final approval to a $3 million data breach class action settlement with health insurance company AvMed Inc. that, for the first time, allows plaintiffs who did not suffer identity theft to claim funds.

AvMed was accused of maintaining shoddy data security safeguards that led to the 2009 theft of laptop computers with personal information of 1.2 million customers. Attorneys have said the settlement deal is likely to serve as a template for other plaintiffs in class actions over data breaches.

In addition to returning money to those who suffered identity theft, the cutting-edge settlement also...

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