All health insurers have a legal obligation to protect the sensitive personal information of their members.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2015
On February 9, 2015, Girard Gibbs LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against health insurer Anthem on behalf of Anthem members and employees whose personal information was allegedly exposed as a result of the data breach announced in February 2015. The lawsuit alleges that Anthem, the nation’s second-largest insurer, failed to implement reasonable security measures to prevent, detect, and limit the scope of the breach.
The lawsuit also alleges that the personal information of up to 80 million Anthem customers was exposed to theft when hackers used the login credentials of Anthem technicians to access unencrypted customer data. According to Anthem’s official statement, updated on February 11, 2015, thieves had access to members’ names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, medical IDs, street addresses, email addresses, employment information, and income data.
“All health insurers have a legal obligation to protect the sensitive personal information of their members,” said Eric Gibbs, a founding partner at Girard Gibbs LLP. “This case alleges that Anthem failed to implement reasonable security measures, such as adequately screening its systems for unauthorized activity or encrypting members’ personal data. Anthem’s conduct has increased its members’ risk of identity theft.”
The Anthem data breach class action lawsuit is called Hood v. Anthem, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-00918, and is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Girard Gibbs is a national litigation firm with a consumer protection group that has represented millions of individuals in class action lawsuits. Girard Gibbs’ partners hold leadership positions in the Adobe Systems data breach litigation, and are representing clients in the Sony Pictures and Home Depot data breach cases. Partner Daniel C. Girard was also recently appointed to the Consumer Cases Steering Committee in the pending class action lawsuit concerning the Target data breach. Girard Gibbs has successfully settled cases involving data breaches at Health Net and Certegy.
If you believe your personal information was put at risk in the Anthem data breach and would like to learn more about this lawsuit, please contact a Girard Gibbs consumer attorney toll-free at (866) 981-4800.