Update: Settlement reached in lawsuit after laptop stolen from Edmonton Medicentre – Edmonton Journal
A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit filed after a laptop containing the personal health information of 620,000 Albertans went missing.
The settlement totals $725,000 to resolve credit damage, mental distress, increased risk of future identity theft and time and costs associated with preventing identity theft, according to a notice posted on the website of James H. Brown and Associates, an Edmonton law firm working with Calgary-based D’Arcy and Deacon on the lawsuit.
“We’re hoping that this sends a message out there to corporate Canada that they have got to be more careful when they’re dealing with personal records,” said Clint Docken, of D’Arcy and Deacon on Sunday.
The lawsuit originally sought $11 million.
It was filed in 2014 against Medicentres Canada Inc., AbleIT Inc. and third-party individuals after an unencrypted laptop of an IT consultant for Medicentres was stolen from an Edmonton medical clinic in September 2013. The computer contained the names, birth dates, Alberta Health Care numbers, and Alberta Health diagnostic codes of people who attended a Medicentre clinic in Edmonton or Calgary between May 2, 2011 and Sept. 19, 2013.
People who were affected by the records loss can register with the law firms. There are different categories of claimants, including those who suffered mental stress and sought medical attention; those who can show that their identities had been stolen as a result; and those concerned about identity theft.
Then-Alberta health minister Fred Horne said he was outraged he was told about the case only months later.
The proposed settlement must be approved by court, which will determine if it’s fair, reasonable and in the best interest of class members.
An application to approve the settlement will be heard in Edmonton on July 7. If the settlement is approved, the law firms will advertise notices to advise class action members on how to receive settlement benefits. “If there is not sufficient monies to pay all claims in full, certain claims will be reduced on a proportional basis,” said the notice.