Fernandez v. Leidos, Inc., No. 2:14-at-01208 (E.D. Cal., filed Sept. 26, 2014).
On September 26, Martin Fernandez filed suit in the Eastern District of California against Leidos, Inc. and Science Applications International, Inc. (SAIC) on behalf of a putative California class of current and former military servicepersons and their family members who participated in TRICARE, the military health benefits system of the Department of Defense. The defendants were government contractors that provided the Department of Defense with health care information management services for TRICARE. According to the complaint, backup tapes containing sensitive personal and medical information were stolen when a low-level employee left them unattended for eight hours in his vehicle in downtown San Antonio. Mr. Fernandez claims that as a result of the data breach, he has experienced several instances of identity theft and medical fraud. He also claims he was denied employment because of the impact of the identity theft on his credit report. The complaint alleges that the defendants’ failure to safeguard the data violated, inter alia, the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act and the California Unfair Competition Law, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages.