Sauder Schelkopf is investigating a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals impacted by the reported Merritt Healthcare Advisors data breach.
Merritt stated in part:
After an extensive forensic investigation and manual document review, Merritt discovered on November 30, 2022 that some personal information was contained in the account that was accessed between July 30, 2022 and August 25, 2022. Merritt advised its client covered entities of this incident on January 13, 2023 and February 27, 2023. The accessed email account contained personal information of certain individuals including their names and some or all of the following: dates of birth, treatment information, provider names, medical record numbers/patient IDs, health insurance information, treatment cost information, and/or health insurance numbers. In addition, the account contained Social Security numbers and financial account information for a limited number of individuals.
According to the notice of the data breach published by Independent Living Systems (ILS), the breach may have exposed the following sensitive health information:
- Full name
- Social Security number
- Taxpayer identification number
- Medical information
- Health insurance information
Merritt Healthcare Advisors reportedly issued the notification on behalf of the following covered entities:
- Delaware Surgery Center
- Kansas Spine and Specialty Hospital
- Forest Surgery Center
- Bakersfield Heart Hospital
Sauder Schelkopf has a nationally recognized litigation practice. The firm currently serves as court-appointed lead counsel in courts across the country. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members. Our firm was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer’s 2022 Professional Excellence Awards. The Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards honor Pennsylvania law firms and attorneys who have made a significant, positive impact on the legal profession. Our firm was named in the Litigation Departments of the Year (Specialty Area category; runner-up), an award that honors the best litigation practice in a small or mid-sized firm in Pennsylvania. This recognition was based on the firm’s 2021 litigation work and its important ongoing cases. LawDragon has recognized our attorneys in its list of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” for 2022. This list notes: “From the opioid epidemic to toxic substances and defective products, truck accidents to wildfires and sexual abuse, these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice.” Mr. Schelkopf was named to Pennsylvania’s Best Lawyers® 2022 for Class Actions/Mass Tort Litigation. The American Lawyer named Mr. Sauder to its 2021 Northeast Trailblazers. The honor recognizes 60 lawyers who are “truly agents of change.” It “recognizes professionals in the Northeast who have moved the needle in the legal industry.” The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Sauder and Mr. Schelkopf in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlighted the firm’s innovative work on advocacy as class counsel in large institutional sex abuse cover-ups, women’s, and children’s rights. Our attorneys have also consistently been recognized by their peers being named to Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, a distinction held by the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania. Our attorneys have also been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania.
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