What is this Class Action About?
The Class Representative filed a complaint against Salinas Valley alleging that Salinas Valley acted unlawfully by failing to
prevent the Data Breach which occurred between April 30, 2020 and June 5, 2020. The Class Action Complaint claimed that Salinas
Valley failed to fulfill its legal duty to adequately secure and safeguard the information of the Class Representative and Class
In her complaint, the Class Representative asserts claims for violations of the California Confidential Medical Information Act,
Civil Code §§ 56 et seq.
Salinas Valley denies the allegations asserted by the Class Representative in the Action and contends that Salinas Valley was and
is complying with applicable state law. The Court has not made any ruling on the merits of this case. The attorneys for the Class
Representative and Salinas Valley have agreed to settle the Action, subject to the approval of the Court.
How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?
If you received a Notice, Salinas Valley’s records indicate that you are included in the Settlement Class. “Settlement Class” or “Settlement
Class Members” means All citizens of the State of California whose personal data or medical information stored or possessed by Salinas Valley
Memorial Healthcare System was potentially accessed by one or more authorized parties between April 30, 2020 and June 5, 2020. Excluded from
the definition of Settlement Class or Settlement Class Members are all persons who validly opt out of the settlement by following the procedures
set forth herein. More specifically, the Settlement Class includes all persons who were previously mailed the Notice of Data Breach. If you are
not sure whether you are included, email us at SalinasValleyMemorialSettlement@cptgroup.com
What Does the Settlement Provide?
If the Court grants final approval, Salinas Valley will provide the following Settlement benefits to the Class Members:
For those who submit a valid and timely claim form, a pro-rata cash distribution of up to $750.00 of the funds
remaining in the Settlement Fund after payment of attorneys’ fees, costs, expenses, and other amounts approved
or ordered by the Court. This means if you have out of pocket expenses or you spent time remediating the Data
Breach that can reasonably be traced to the Data Breach, you can get a cash payment from the settlement fund.
Additional data security measures to be taken by Salinas Valley, including hiring third-party auditors to conduct
regular penetration tests, maintaining firewalls and access control, providing regular training of all personnel
relating to phishing and other security attacks and conducting regular computer system scanning and security checks.