Robbie Hargett Aug. 19, 2015, 9:44am


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Legal Newsline) - Three Indiana residents are suing a health software and systems company Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) over claims it unlawfully failed to properly safeguard its clients' personally identifiable information.

Rory Hill, Nicole Hill, and Dawn McLaughlin, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana against MIE of Fort Wayne, Ind., alleging negligence.

On May 26, according to the complaint, MIE discovered suspicious activity on one of its servers, unauthorized access that an investigation indicated began on May 7.

The complaint alleges that MIE confirmed the breach on July 17 but has not provided information to its extent, how the breach occurred, or whether measures have been taken to prevent further unauthorized access.

The breach resulted in stolen personal information, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and insurance information, leaving plaintiffs and others in the class vulnerable to identity theft schemes for perhaps years, the complaint alleges.

The plaintiffs and others in the class seek injunctive relief, damages, court costs, and an order to prohibit the defendant from further engaging in the described negligent practices and taking steps to better protect all data collected.

The plaintiffs are represented by William Riley, Joseph N. Williams, and James A. Piatt of Price Waicukauski & Riley LLC in Indianapolis.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana case number: 1:15-cv-00204-JD-SLC

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