NEW YORK – A federal court has given preliminary approval to a class action lawsuit against Quest Diagnostics field on behalf of individuals whose HIV testing data was exposed in a 2016 data breach.
The US District Court for the District of New Jersey approved on October 25, 2019, a $195,000 settlement between the plaintiffs and Quest under which lawsuit class members who are able to show they incurred monetary damages due to the breach can collect $250 each and members whose HIV test results were exposed can collect $75 each.
According to a letter Quest sent to affected individuals in 2016, the breach exposed data of roughly 34,000 patients, including names, dates of birth, lab results, and telephone numbers. It said an unauthorized third party gained access to this information through the MyQuest by Care360 internet app.
The lawsuit alleged that the firm both failed to guard its customers' personal and health data and failed to alert them to the breach in a timely fashion.