A blog posting on the Web site of law firm InfoLawGroup LLP dissects a ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit that permits a lawsuit to proceed against Florida health insurer AvMed following a major breach of protected health information in December 2009.

Two unencrypted laptop computers containing PHI on 1.2 million current and former AvMed members, including Social Security numbers, were stolen from an office in Gainesville. The laptops were sold to an individual with a history of dealing in stolen property. Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed against AvMed included two named members who suffered identity theft following the laptop theft.

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