Scripps Failed To Carry Out Duty Of Protecting Their Customers’ Private Data: Class Action
Health system company Scripps is facing a class-action lawsuit alleging that they have failed to protect and uphold their customers’ best security interests in the wake of a data breach incident that left many victims’ personal information compromised.
Scripps Experiences Data Breach, Complainant Argue The Company Could Have Prevented It
Filed in a California federal court, the Scripps Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit is seeking to take Scripps to court for allegedly failing to take the necessary measures to prevent hackers from accessing their systems which ended up endangering Scripps customers’ sensitive personal data.
The infamous Scripps data breach incident, which took place in late April of 2021, as a result of online fraudsters hijacking Scripps company’s system and reportedly exposed several types of identifiable customer personal details.
Online hackers were reportedly able to plant ransomware and took large hordes of client personal data with them, including clients’ names, addresses, health insurance data, confidential and highly sensitive medical and patient treatment records, and the like. It is believed that these pieces of information would be peddled to the black market for them to serve as ransom for money they would extort from unfortunate Scripps customers.
Chief complainant in the Scripps Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit, David J. Rubin, argued that Scripps has failed to carry out their duty as a company to protect its customers’ personal information and best interests from evil forces. He claimed that the company has violated several statutes as the April data breach event showed the company’s negligence that made the data hacking possible.
Scripps’s Further Shortcomings
Furthermore, Rubin stated that Scripps did not fully inform their clients of information that would have helped them deal with the negative repercussions of the data breach.
Scripps allegedly left out warning their customers of its lax system security features on its data servers and did not roll out the proper data security solutions to patch up and correct the mistakes.
The health system company also reportedly did not inform victims of the data breach right away, which left them unaware for a prolonged period of time before being in the know of the unfortunate incident.
Evident to Scripps’s misdeeds is the fact that the company was slow in its action in fixing their systems, Rubin declared. Scripps customers were not able to access their healthcare information stored in Scripps’ data servers for almost a month after the company conducted a thorough investigation and analysis of the gravity of the data breach’s impact.
The Scripps Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit is officially accusing Scripps of violations of different state-level and federal laws such as the state of California’s Unfair Competition Law and others. Plaintiff Rubin is seeking to form and represent a Class consisting of Scripps clients all over the United States whose personal information and security were compromised after online hijackers infiltrated Scripps’s data systems.
Scripps is facing calls to pay up for the damages it has caused as a result of its alleged negligence to protect its data systems and allocate money for legal and court fees and other related expenses.
Scripps Health is a California-based nonprofit healthcare system founded by Ellen Browning Scripps in 1924. The company employs more than 13,000 employees and works with hospitals and medical facilities. Scripps also serve their patients and partners with licensed physicians and other certified health experts.
Editor’s Note on Scripps Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This feature article discusses the latest class-action lawsuit filed against Scripps Health after it allegedly did not perform its duties to protect and uphold its customers’ best privacy and security interests as their system got hijacked in a recent data breach incident.
Case Name(s) & No.(s): David J. Rubin v. Scripps Health; Case No.: 3:21-cv-01231-BTM-MSB
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Products/Services Involved: Users Private Data
Allegation(s): Scripps Health customers have fallen victim to a data breach incident after the company was negligent in protecting the data servers they own and manage.
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