Flowers Hospital asks judge to toss data breach lawsuit

Published 07/07 2014 10:50PM

Updated 07/14 2014 11:28AM

Flowers Hospital is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by patients who claim they suffered because an employee stole their personal information.

“The Hospital learned that it was a victim of a data breach involving the theft of patient information by a Hospital employee. Upon information and belief, the patient data was taken from the restricted area in which the employee worked.” the motion states. It continues, “Following the discovery of the data theft, the Hospital immediately terminated the employee, and it also sent notification to patients alerting them about the data breach. The Hospital has taken a number of steps to maintain its commitment to patient security and to help protect the privacy of its patients, including those whose information may have been taken as part of the data breach, and has worked to remediate the breach.”

Former employee Kamarian Millender of Headland is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to stealing to the theft. While the U.S. Attorney’s Office has not discussed the case publicly it’s believed that Millender is cooperating with an ongoing investigation and more arrests will be made.

Millender is accused of stealing the information over several months and selling it to people who filed fraudulent income tax returns. He also faces state charges after his arrest in February after a Henry County deputy allegedly found stolen documents in his car. Until then, Flowers Hospital was apparently unaware of the thefts.

The lawsuit initially listed two plaintiffs—Bradley S. Smith and Julie S. McGee. Since then three others have joined the class action lawsuit filed by Dothan attorney Adam Jones.

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