Beckett, et al. v. Aetna, Inc.

United States District Court,
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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

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 a settlement has now been preliminarily approved by 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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