Parties to the lawsuits ask that Scripps pay $1,000 per violation, up to $3,000 in damages per plaintiff and class member, and other costs. (Credit: MisterxPro/Shutterstock.com) Parties to the lawsuits ask that Scripps pay $1,000 per violation, up to $3,000 in damages per plaintiff and class member, and other costs. (Credit: MisterxPro/Shutterstock.com)

California’s Southern District is considering four class-action lawsuits against Scripps Health (Scripps) in response to a data breach that occurred this past spring, in which sensitive personal and medical information of more than 147,000 patients was compromised.

The lawsuits allege that the month-long ransomware attack in April-May 2021 was “massive and preventable” and resulted from Scripps’ negligent and/or careless failure to properly safeguard and secure the data of patients, staff and physicians.

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