NEW CALIFORNIA ID THEFT LAW

California's new identity theft law went into effect last week.  Senate Bill 24 gives consumers access to information to prevent identity theft.  Previously, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed versions of the bill in 2008, 09 and '10. The new law amends California's data breach notification law and mandates the type of information that must be included in [...]

CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL PATIENTS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT

Documents containing personal information of approximately 1,500 Mills-Peninsula Health Services patients were removed from the California facility over the course of a year and taken home by a mailroom employee, according to a hospital spokeswoman.   Hospital reports security breach.

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALLEGES DISNEY’S EMPLOYEE ID CARDS PUT EMPLOYEES AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Disney has been named in a class action lawsuit, according to Linda Coady, Westlaw Journal Employment.  The plaintiffs allege Disney's employee identification cards put them at risk for identity theft because the ID cards required by Walt Disney Co. include a bar code that includes its employees’ Social Security numbers.    The personal identifying information (PII) is easily accessible by using a low [...]

$21.3 Million Lawsuit Settlement with Schering-Plough

The state of California has agreed to settle a price inflation lawsuit with Schering-Plough Corporation for $21.3 million.  California alleged in its lawsuit that Schering-Plough inflated the average wholesale price it reported for the drug Albuterol to California.  As a result, California alleged its Medi-Cal program over paid Schering-Plough millions in pharmacy reimbursements.  The overpayments were brought to the attention of the [...]