Reventics Class Action: Lyon Firm Appointed Co-Lead Counsel
Joe Lyon has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the Reventics Class Action Data Breach Lawsuit, filed by The Lyon Firm on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide.
Plaintiffs have filed Class Action data breach claims against Reventics, on behalf of hundreds of thousands of impacted individuals nationwide. Reventics has noted that 250,000 people may have had their personal data compromised, though newer reports suggest that number may actually be far higher.
The plaintiffs allege that Reventics failed to properly secure and safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI), which may have included the following:
- Date of birth
- Medical record number
- Patient account number
- Driver’s license and other government ID
- Health plan name and health plan ID
- Clinical data including diagnosis
- Dates of services
- Prescription medications
The complaint notes that by obtaining, collecting, using, and deriving a benefit from the Private Information of Plaintiff and Class Members, Reventics assumed legal duties to those individuals to protect and safeguard that information from unauthorized access and intrusion.
The PII of individuals remains of high value to various cyber criminals, as evidenced by the prices. Personal information can be sold at a price ranging from $40 to $200, and bank details have a price range of $50 to $200.
Reventics, a new-age, physician-focused clinical documentation improvement and revenue cycle management company, run out of Greenwood Village, Colorado, detected certain irregularities in its IT system on or about December 15, 2022.
In February 2023, Reventics issued a Notice of Data Security Incident to over 250,000 Plaintiff and Class Members.
The plaintiffs filed the complaint, alleging losses in the form of the loss of the benefit of their bargain, out-of-pocket expenses, the value of their time reasonably incurred to remedy or mitigate the effects of the cyber attack, and the substantial and imminent risk of identity theft.
Are Data Breach Incidents Preventable?
To prevent and detect unauthorized cyber-attacks, Reventics could have implemented, as recommended by the United States Government, the following measures:
- Implement an awareness and training program. Because end users are targets, employees and individuals should be aware of the threat of ransomware and how it is delivered.
- Enable strong spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching the end users and authenticate inbound email using technologies like Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to prevent email spoofing.
- Scan all incoming and outgoing emails to detect threats and filter executable files from reaching end users.
- Configure firewalls to block access to known malicious IP addresses.
- Patch operating systems, software, and firmware on devices Consider using a centralized patch management system.
- Set anti-virus and anti-malware programs to conduct regular scans automatically.
- Manage the use of privileged accounts based on the principle of least privilege: no users should be assigned administrative access unless absolutely needed; and those with a need for administrator accounts should only use them when necessary.
- Configure access controls—including file, directory, and network share permissions—with least privilege in mind. If a user only needs to read specific files, the user should not have write access to those files, directories, or shares.
- Implement Software Restriction Policies (SRP) or other controls to prevent programs from executing from common ransomware locations, such as temporary folders supporting popular Internet browsers.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated data breach lawyer and Privacy Attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in class action security breach lawsuits.
Can You Join the Reventics Class Action?
Entities that collect and store data have a duty to protect personal information to the best of their ability. When they are negligent, and a data theft incident occurs, they may be liable for the following:
- Improperly monitoring data security systems for existing intrusions
- Not ensuring that vendors with access to computer systems and data employ reasonable security procedures
- Improperly training employees in handling emails containing personal data and maintain adequate email security practices
- Failure to implement technical policies and procedures to allow electronic data access only to individuals or software programs granted access rights
- Failure to implement procedures to review records of information system activity regularly, such as audit logs, access reports and security incident tracking reports
- Improperly protecting against reasonably anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of stored data
An experienced class action privacy attorney can determine if you are eligible to file a data breach lawsuit or join the Reventics class action lawsuit. Lawyers investigating the matter can assist in determining the following:
- Did Reventics fail to adopt security safeguards that would have prevented a breach?
- Did Reventics notify customers as soon as it learned of the incident?
- Did they provide a complete list of all individuals impacted?
- Did they provide security in line with industry standards?
The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule calls for data breach notifications to be issued to the Secretary of the Health and Human Services “without unnecessary delay.” No later than 60 days after the date of discovery of a data breach, healthcare entities have a duty to alert the government and begin preparing to alert the public.
Consumer privacy attorneys say there has been a trend for HIPAA-regulated entities to wait as long as possible before alerting affected individuals, a practice that place consumers at a higher risk of identity theft and fraud.
In many cases, data breach notifications have been sent out many months after a security breach incident was detected. There may be valid reasons for a delay in reporting, though in some cases this institutes a severe disservice to those impacted by a data theft event.
Delays to individual healthcare data theft notifications could mean individuals’ Personal Health Information (PHI) has been in the hands of criminals for many months before they are even aware about the data theft.
Privacy lawyers claim promptly sending out individual data breach notification letters and being transparent about the fraud risk for individuals is not only ethical, but the only way to avoid stiff penalties.
The HHS has made it clear that if healthcare entities do not comply with the 60 day rule from the date of data breach discovery, they may be liable for notification violations.
What Should You Do After a Data Breach?
Regardless of the reason for a security breach, victims have the right to file a claim against a company for failing to protect their information. All companies and organizations must exercise reasonable care in protecting patient information, and if they do not, they can be held liable for the damages that result, including identity theft.
Individuals impacted in the Reventics data breach incident:
We would like to speak with you about your privacy rights and joining the Reventics class action in response to this data security incident. Please fill out the contact form, below, or contact us by phone.
If you were impacted by a security breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information:
- Review the breach notice you received and retain a copy
- Enroll in any free credit monitoring service provided by the breached company
- Change your passwords and security questions for related online accounts
- Review account statements and credit reports for signs of fraud or identity theft
- Contact a credit bureau to request a temporary fraud alert
Security breach plaintiffs and privacy attorneys representing plaintiffs have been able to settle multi-million dollar recoveries. If you or a loved one has received notice of an online security incident affecting you, or suspect signs of identity theft, contact a data theft lawyer for a free consultation.
Individuals can be ruined financially and emotionally, and deserve proper online security measures. But many companies violate privacy laws and consumer rights, and thus face class action lawsuits.
After a data breach turns your life upside down, remember that you are not the only victim. There are millions of Americans who suffer from data privacy events every year, and in turn, seek legal action for compensation and to hold companies accountable for negligent security systems.
If you want more information on current data security litigation and how to file a class action lawsuit, contact The Lyon Firm for a free and confidential Reventics class action case review.