Lawsuits to be consolidated

Diane Crocker
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Another case management meeting held in relation to Western Health privacy breach

Scott Burden, a lawyer with Brothers and Burden Law Office in Corner Brook, is representing clients affected by the breach in privacy at Western Health.

CORNER BROOK  Two class-action lawsuits filed against Western Health in relation to a privacy breach at the health authority will be consolidated into one.

A case management meeting on the lawsuits was held in Supreme Court in Corner Brook this morning.

Following the meeting Scott Burden of Brothers and Burden Law Office said his firm and the firm of St. John’s lawyer Bob Buckingham have decided to act together on the matter.

Burden said the two law firms now have until June 1 to file the necessary paperwork to combine the files and another case management meeting has been set for June 27.

The lawsuits were filed after a former employee of the health authority inappropriately accessed the files of 1,043 patients. The woman, who was identified as Donna Colbourne in the suit originally filed by Brothers and Burden, was fired last August after an internal investigation into the breaches. Colbourne was employed as a clerk at Western Memorial Regional Hospital and the breaches are alleged to have occurred from June 2011 to May 2012.

As the civil matter moves ahead the breaches are also subject to a matter before the provincial court. In late April the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner charged the former Western Health employee with violating the Personal Health information act. The office did not name Colbourne as the accused in the matter. A press release at the time said the former employee is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Corner Brook on May 28.

Organizations: Western Health, Supreme Court, Western Memorial Regional Hospital Office of the Information

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • ambulance chasing must be getting expensive
    May 09, 2013 - 16:05

    I hope the lawyers lose their shirts in this money grab from the taxpayers