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Data Breach Suit Versus Advocate Aurora Health Revived on Appeal

Nov. 23, 2022, 4:39 PM

Advocate Aurora Health must face a class action arising from a January 2020 data breach of the health care system’s human resources database that exposed personal information of employees, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled.

Janet Reetz adequately pleaded a cause of action for negligence and had standing to pursue the lawsuit, Judge Maxine A. Wright said in partially overturning a lower court’s dismissal of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit arose from an incident in which an unauthorized person gained access to Advocate Aurora’s human resources system holding the personal information of employees. An investigation showed the intruder had changed the ...