08 Feb Aetna Seeks $20 Million from Mail Handler in HIV Privacy Debacle
It was revealed last Monday that healthcare company Aetna, who was recently embroiled in a privacy issue, is suing its legal support firm Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC for $20 million.
Last month, Aetna paid $17 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit which accused it of exposing the HIV status of its customers. However, in a lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal court last Monday, the insurance company blamed KCC of “errors, omissions and gross negligence” for using envelopes with large see-through address windows that exposed the HIV patient’s confidential health information.
Aetna also asked for a “hold harmless” ruling which will protect the insurer from all liability, damages, payments, claims and other obligations related to the issue.