Lawsuits Filed in 21st Century Oncology Data Breach

Lawsuits Filed in 21st Century Oncology Data Breach

July 27, 2016         Written By Bill Hardekopf

In March, 21st Century Oncology reported that 2.2 million cancer patient records were exposed in a data breach.

At least 17 separate class action lawsuits have been filed in Florida and California over this breach. On July 14, a U.S. magistrate judge in Fort Myers recommended the case be consolidated into a single claim and transferred to Florida.

The lawsuits allege the company failed to protect patient data and violated the Federal Trade Commission’s Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act when it failed to detect the breach. Patients claim their names, social security numbers, physicians’ names, diagnoses, treatment information and insurance information were exposed.

Other claims include breach of contract, negligence and invasion of privacy.

“Each of these cases raises identical or similar issues and claims on behalf of identical or overlapping putative nation or statewide classes of plaintiffs,” the cancer-center operator said.

On November 13, the FBI notified the company of the breach that occurred on October 3, but 21st Century Oncology said it had to wait until March to alert patients, as they were waiting for the conclusion of the FBI investigation. Patients say they should have been notified immediately.

The company asserted they have no proof that patient information has been misused, but David Harris, an attorney working on the case, told the News-Press that some of his clients have been the victims of identity theft.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of July 27, 2016. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


About Bill Hardekopf

Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
View all posts by Bill Hardekopf
Featured Low Interest Card
Top Features : 1.25X miles on every purchase; no annual fee; bonus of 20,000 miles once $1,000 is spent in first 3 months
Featured No Annual Fee Card
Top Features : Earn cash back twice. 1% when you buy plus 1% as you pay; 0% APR for 18 months on balance transfers
Featured Bad Credit Card
Top Features : No Annual Fee; Cash Back match at the end of your first year; Social Security Alerts
Featured Fair Credit Card
Top Features : No annual fee; access to higher credit line after making first 5 monthly payments on time
Featured Limited/No Credit
Top Features : No annual fee; reports to major credit bureaus; access to higher credit line after making first 5 monthly payments on time
Featured Cash Back Card
Top Features : No Annual Fee, Bonus Offer, Cash Back