Six independent pharmacies in Texas have filed a lawsuit against CVS Caremark, charging the national pharmacy chain and mail-order pharmacy benefit management firm with racketeering under the federal RICO law, trade secret misappropriation and violations of the HIPAA privacy rule.

The suit alleges privacy violations that started only months after the CVS/pharmacy unit of CVS Caremark in early 2009 agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine and institute corrective action plans following a federal government investigation of potential HIPAA violations.

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