All terms of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Flowers Hospital over a substantial data breach in 2013 and 2014 appear to have been satisfied, according to court documents.
A federal judge has officially closed the case against Triad of Alabama, the then-parent company of Flowers Hospital. The suit arose following the arrest of former Flowers phlebotomist Kamarian Millender, who was convicted in 2014 of using patients’ personal information to file false tax returns. Millender participated in the scheme between January 2013 and February 2014, obtaining information on more than 700 patients, a federal prosecutor said following Millender’s conviction.
The suit sought relief for all members of the suit whose personal information was exposed.
According to settlement terms, Flowers Hospital agreed to set aside $150,000 in a fund to address claims from the members, which rose to 1,208 people or parties potentially affected by the data breach. Flowers also agreed to pay for all attorney fees and related costs and set up credit monitoring for affected class members.
The closing of the case indicates all class members have been paid and credit monitoring is in place.
Flowers Hospital admits no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
Millender was convicted on federal and state charges related to the theft. He was released from federal prison in December of 2016 and is in the process of paying restitution.