Dykema Wins Class Action Dismissal in Puerto Rico

December, 2021 - Chicago, Illinois

The U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico dismissed a class action suit against Pavia Hospital Santurce and Pavia Hospital Hato Rey (the hospitals) alleging that a data breach resulted in imminent harm to the plaintiffs. Dykema represented the hospitals in the matter.

On June 18, 2019, the hospitals informed patients that their personal information had been involved in an incident that impacted the Hospital’s network, and the patients filed a class action suit on February 20, 2020, alleging imminent harm. Following oral arguments on October 13, 2021, the hospitals proved that no harm was caused as a result of the breach, resulting in dismissal of the case due to a lack of standing. Judge William G. Young issued his decision on December 9, 2021.

“We’re grateful to Judge Young for his sound and swift ruling this in this case,” said Cinthia Granados Motley, the Director of Dykema’s Global Data Privacy and Information Security practice group who led the matter. “Following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in TransUnion v. Ramirez, which found that plaintiffs must show a concrete injury in order support Article III standing, our clients were well within the precedent for these types of cases where only speculative allegations are raised.”

The case is Quintero et al v. Metro Santurce, Inc. et al. Case Number: 3:20-cv-01075

As one of the nation’s preeminent class action trial law firms for business, Dykema lawyers routinely try cases to successful defense verdicts and have obtained positive outcomes in defending class actions for Fortune 500 companies, including industry leaders in financial services and lending, securities, insurance, automotive, retail and a variety of manufacturing fields.