Class action lawsuit targets UPMC, law firm for data breach

In a class action lawsuit, UPMC and a law firm are accused of compromising the personal information of thousands of patients. Last month, Charles Hilton and Associates’ law firm, which carries out collections for UPMC, reported a data breach that affected 36,000 patients. The company said social security numbers, bank account numbers, and other personal information had been hacked. Vince Ranalli, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, has just opened a food prep and delivery store so he can keep an eye on finances. So he was alarmed when he received a letter saying that an account had been opened on his behalf with a bank that he does not use. “They said whoever did this got it all from me. They opened it up with my social security number, driver’s license and address. They pretty much had all of my personal information,” Ranalli said. The lawsuit stated that Vince’s father was also involved. The hack against Vince and his father came weeks after the data breach was reported. Vince said the authorities told him it wasn’t a coincidence. “Both the bank and law enforcement agencies made that connection in some way,” he said. The class action charges UPMC and Charles Hilton and Associates of negligence, invasion of privacy and other causes. “We are trying to contain the problem, identify everyone involved, reclaim funds on their behalf as far as they are entitled, and protect their information,” said attorney Joshua Ward, who filed the lawsuit. UPMC and the law firm declined, Vince said he was concerned the breach could affect his young company. “I really want to know where my personal information is, who else has it. I want to be protected,” he said. Allegheny Health Network was also originally named in the lawsuit, but Ward said AHN doesn’t use the same law firm as UPMC, so it will be dropped from the case.

A class action lawsuit accuses UPMC and a law firm of compromising the personal information of thousands of patients.

Last month, Charles Hilton and Associates’ law firm, which carries out collections for UPMC, reported a data breach that affected 36,000 patients. The company said social security numbers, bank account numbers, and other personal information were hacked.

Vince Ranalli, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, has just opened a food prep and delivery store so he can keep an eye on finances. So he was alarmed when he received a letter saying that an account had been opened on his behalf with a bank that he does not use.

“They said whoever did this got it all from me. They opened it up with my social security number, driver’s license and address. They pretty much had all of my personal information,” Ranalli said.

The lawsuit said Vince’s father was also targeted and received four credit cards that he did not apply for.

The hack against Vince and his father came weeks after the breach was reported. Vince said the authorities told him it wasn’t a coincidence.

“Both the bank and law enforcement agencies somehow made that connection,” he said.

The class action alleges UPMC and Charles Hilton and Associates negligence, invasion of privacy and other grounds.

“We are trying to contain the problem, identify everyone involved, reclaim funds on their behalf as far as they are entitled, and protect their information,” said attorney Joshua Ward, who filed the lawsuit.

UPMC and the law firm declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Vince said he feared the breach could affect his young business.

“I really want to know where my personal information is and who else has it. I want to be protected,” he said.

Allegheny Health Network was also originally named in the lawsuit, but Ward said AHN doesn’t use the same law firm as UPMC, so it is removed from the case.

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