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Texas Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Medical Company

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According to several reports by Lubbock, Texas-based KCDB-Channel 11 on January 10th and in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on January 11th, Attorney General Greg Abbott is wasting no time resuming the aggressive prosecution of organizations casually disregarding the state’s information destruction requirement.  After bringing a half dozen such prosecutions forward in 2007 against some of the countries most recognized retailers, he is now bringing charges against a Pennsylvania-based healthcare provider, Select Medical, for casually discarding thousands of files of personal information last October in Levelland, Texas. 

Last October, Levelland police found thousands of records containing patient's social security numbers, medical history, and banking information in and around a dumpster.  As a result, according to the reports, Select Medical now faces millions of dollars in fines if the charges stick. 

The Texas Attorney General is seeking an injunction against Select Medical to prevent them from ever disclosing personal information like this again, as well as seeking penalties of up to $50,000 per violation.   The company is accused of violating the Texas Identity Theft Protection Act passed in 2005. The Attorney General is also seeking up to $500 for each record with personal information. 

Click here to read the entire report from KCDB.
Click here to read the report from theLubbock Avalanche-Journal.