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New Mexico hospital sued over patient data breach

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico woman is suing a hospital and its parent company, saying their negligence led to hackers obtaining personal information belonging to her and more than 4 million other patients.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1p3W3oh) Saturday that attorneys are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit filed on behalf of Briana Brito.

The suit, which was filed Sept. 19, alleges Brito had personal data stolen while hospitalized at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas.

Brito says Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, which owns the hospital, didn't notify patients in a timely manner.

The suit is requesting restitution for any losses from identity theft, consumer credit protection and insurance.

A company spokesman declined to comment on pending litigation.

Brito's attorneys plan to join another lawsuit out of Texas.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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