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UPMC data breach lawsuit goes from federal to state court

May 13, 2014

By Brian Bowling, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review



May 13--A UPMC employee is taking her class-action lawsuit over a data breach at the medical system to state court because a Florida software company wasn't involved in the incident, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Alice Patrick, a dialysis clinician at UPMC McKeesport, sued the medical system and Ultimate Software Group Inc. of Weston, Fla., on Friday claiming they were negligent in protecting UPMC's payroll data. The case was filed in federal court because it crossed state lines.

A spokeswoman for the Florida company said Monday that UPMC wasn't one of its payroll customers, and it wasn't involved in the data breach. Sunshine R. Fellows, Patrick's lawyer, confirmed that.

"Our ongoing investigation has concluded that Ultimate Software Group was misidentified in our filing of last week and we have decided to dismiss them as a part to the suit," Fellows said in an email.

"Our case against UPMC for this significant data breach continues in common pleas court," said Fellows of Carlson Lynch Ltd., Downtown, who represents the class of plaintiffs harmed by the breach of data.

Patrick is seeking 25 years of bank and credit monitoring, credit restoration services and identity theft insurance on behalf of the 27,000 employees whose personal information was compromised during the breach.

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