Beckett, et al. v. Aetna, Inc.

United States District Court,
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Case No. 2:17-cv-3864-JS

Update: Settlement checks to be sent by the end of 2018

We are happy to report that the first round settlement checks in the Beckett v. Aetna lawsuit will be sent on December 28, 2018.

Class members whose PHI was allegedly improperly transmitted by Aetna to its legal counsel without proper authorization, and who were not sent the July 2017 mailing, will be sent $75 on December 28, 2018.

All class members sent the July 2017 mailing will receive a base payment of $642.43.

Class members who did not submit a claim, and for whom Aetna provided a Social Security Number, will be sent $642.43 on December 28, 2018.

Class members who did not submit a claim, and for whom Aetna was unable to provide a Social Security Number, will be sent $500 on December 28, 2018 and an additional $142.43 in January 2019.

Class members who submitted a claim, and for whom Aetna provided a Social Security Number, will be sent the full amount of their approved claim and the $642.43 base payment on December 28, 2018.

Class members who submitted a claim, but for whom Aetna was unable to provide a Social Security Number, will be sent $500 and notice of the amount of their approved claim on December 28, 2018.

In a separate mailing, these class members will receive a tax form and written instructions from the Settlement Administrator. Once the tax form is returned to the Settlement Administrator, these class members will be sent their approved claim amount and the $142.43 balance of the base payment.


If you received a Notice, you have been identified as being part of a group of people whose Protected Health Information (“PHI”) is alleged to have been disclosed improperly by Defendants Aetna, Inc., Aetna Life Insurance Company, and Aetna Specialty Pharmacy, LLC (“Aetna”) and/or Aetna-related or affiliated entities, or on their behalf, to third parties, and/or to whom any written notice was mailed in connection with the settlement of legal claims that had been filed against certain Aetna-related entities or affiliates in Doe v. Aetna, Inc., No. 14-cv-2986 (S.D. Cal.) and Doe v. Coventry Health Care, Inc., No. 15-cv-62685 (S.D. Fla.) (collectively, the “Doe lawsuits”).

Important Dates

July 31, 2018 - Exclusion Request must be Postmarked by this date

July 31, 2018 - Objection must be Postmarked by this date

September 29, 2018 - Postmark Deadline to Submit Claims by Mail; Deadline to Submit Claims Online

It is alleged that there were two possible breaches of privacy: first, in July 2017, it is alleged that Aetna transmitted PHI improperly to its legal counsel and a settlement administrator without having the purportedly proper authorizations to do so; and second, through the sending of a “Benefit Notice.” The term “Benefit Notice” means the notice that was sent by the settlement administrator to certain Settlement Class Members to inform Aetna members of their ability to fill prescriptions for certain medications through mail order or retail pharmacy, as required by the settlement of legal claims that had been filed against certain Aetna-related entities or affiliates in Doe v. Aetna, Inc., No. 14-cv-2986 (S.D. Cal.). Plaintiffs allege that the Benefit Notice was sent in an envelope with a large transparent glassine window in such a manner that the instructions about how individuals could obtain their medications were visible from the outside of the envelope.

A class action lawsuit was filed concerning these events and the settlement has received final approval from the Court. The Notice provides information about the lawsuit, the settlement, and your options as a Settlement Class Member. Please read the Notice carefully because it affects your legal rights. A federal court authorized the sending of the Notice to you. This is not a solicitation.

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