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Lawsuit filed after hospital records stolen

Lawsuit filed after hospital records stolen



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A lawsuit has been filed following the theft of 2.2 million billing records from a courier carrying them for University of Utah Hospital and Clinics.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports on its Web site that former patient Patrick M. Beamish claims Perpetual Storage Inc., was negligent in allowing the records with patients' personal information to be stolen, exposing Beamish to the risk of identity theft.

Perpetual Storage was the company hired by the hospital to regularly transport backup billing records to a storage vault in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

On June 2, a metal box containing backup tapes was stolen from a driver's vehicle after he drove them to his house instead of the storage facility. The driver was fired.

Attorney Karra Porter, representing Beamish, says her firm also plans to sue the university on behalf of Beamish.

Perpetual Storage representatives declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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