The fertility testing lab, ReproSource, is settling a class action lawsuit for up to $1.25 million after a 2021 ransomware attack compromised the sensitive health information of around 350,000 patients. ReproSource will also be required to improve its data security practices as part of the settlement agreement. The incident revealed names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdates, billing and health information, and even more personal data. The lawsuit alleges that plaintiffs and class members were not notified of the data breach until Oct. 21, 2021. Plaintiffs argue that they would not have used ReproSource’s services if they had known about the inadequate data security systems. Quest Diagnostics, the parent company of ReproSource, was also involved in the incident. The settlement terms will allow class members to submit claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket losses, credit monitoring, and identity theft insurance, or receive a $50 settlement payment from the fund. Attorneys representing the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the settlement, but the settlement reflects a growing trend in data breach litigation, especially for companies handling sensitive consumer information.


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