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NCH Healthcare Breach Case Sent Back to Florida State Court

July 15, 2020, 4:52 PM

NCH Healthcare System Inc. will have to fight data breach claims in Florida state court after a federal judge ruled he didn’t have jurisdiction to hear the case.

Any federal claims can be handled by the Collier County Circuit Court, Judge John Steele of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled Tuesday.

Johana Martinez brought the suit March 25 in state court alleging NCH didn’t do enough prevent a 2019 breach that exposed the data of over 63,000 patients. NCH removed the case to federal court in May, then sought to dismiss the claims.

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