The Department and Defense (DoD) and Tricare have dodged a legal bullet, when a U.S. federal judge threw out most of the lawsuit related to the theft of personal data. Just two complaints from the case remain, after a Science Applications International Corp. employee had storage drives stolen from his or her vehicle, in September 2011. The drives were en route to a storage facility and the theft took place before they could be properly stored.
Here is what U.S. District Court judge James Boasberg noted: "Since the majority of plaintiffs has been dismissed - potentially altering the scope of the remaining litigants' claims moving forward - the court will pause to confer with the parties before determining which, if any, of the complaint's twenty counts has been properly alleged."
The breach affected 4.9 million people, and plaintiffs reportedly wanted $4.9 billion in damages due to the theft of names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, prescription information, and medical test reports.