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21st Century Oncology Data Breach Lawsuit

Motley Rice represents people whose private information, including names, social security numbers, medical records and insurance information, was compromised by 21st Century Oncology’s alleged lack of security in protecting patient records.

The data breach may have left millions of people vulnerable to identify theft as well as open to financial fraud.

U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven of the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division appointed Motley Rice attorney Jodi Westbrook Flowers as co-liaison counsel and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for multidistrict litigation filed for impacted patients of the 21st Century Oncology data breach. .

March 11, 2019

Case Update:  MOTION TO DISMISS DATA BREACH MDL DENIED

U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven has denied a motion to dismiss gross negligence, breach of contract and other claims associated with the 21st Century Oncology data breach, allowing the multidistrict litigation to proceed in Florida. Read more.

The data breach leaves millions of people vulnerable to identity theft as well as open to financial fraud.

Data breach impacts millions of patients

21st Century Oncology is a cancer care company with 145 treatment centers in 17 states and employs or is affiliated with more than 900 doctors globally, including radiation oncologists and other cancer-related specialists such as urologist, oncologists, hematologists, surgeons and pathologists.

21st Century Oncology claims that the FBI notified the company of the breach on Nov. 13, 2015 and upon further investigation, it was determined that the breach occurred on Oct. 3, 2015. Reports indicate that an estimated 2.2 million of its current and former patients across the United States have been impacted.

Patients started receiving letters from the company notifying them of the breach in March 2016.

21st Century Oncology’s History

It is reported that the company has had previous allegedly improper dealings, including resolving a claim with a whistleblower in December for $19.75 million regarding claims of improper billing for bladder cancer tests, and earlier in 2016, reaching a $34.7 million settlement for claims related to improper radiation testing.

Learn more:

Law360 (March 12, 2019): Cancer Centers Can't Escape Suits Over Data Breach
Law360 (April 24, 2017): Cancer Center Co. Can't Dodge Breach Claims, Court Told
Bradenton Herald (March 24, 2016): Four class- action suits filed against 21st Century Oncology, cancer treatment center with offices in Manatee County
News-Press (March 10, 2016): Data breach affects 2.2M 21st Century Oncology patients
21st Century Oncology Press Release (March 4, 2016): 21st Century Oncology Notifies Patients of Data Security Incident, Offers Protection