Judge recommends lower fee award in Humana data breach settlement

A Florida judge is recommending that lawyers who settled a class action lawsuit against Humana and healthcare analytics company Cotiviti receive a lower fee than they asked for, Bloomberg Law reported Dec. 29.  

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Sean Flynn found that an award of $300,000 — equal to 37.5 percent of the class's fund — was unreasonable given how quickly the case was settled, according to the report. Instead, he is recommending an award of $220,000, equal to 30 percent of the fund. 

Humana was sued in May 2021 over a data breach that exposed the personal information of about 65,000 of its plan members. The lawsuit alleged Humana was negligent in informing those affected by the breach.

A joint notice of settlement was filed with the court in March, according to the report. 

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