Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Providence Employee's Whistleblower Lawsuit

As reported in local media outlets, Steven Shields filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit against Providence Health Systems. As was widely reported at the time, Mr. Shields was the Providence employee who had possession of computer data stolen from his car. The computer data contained confidential patient records on hundreds of thousands of Providence patients.

The case is of special interest because Paul & Sugerman represents the proposed class in the patients' pending case against Providence Health System, related to loss of the patient information. As of this writing, Providence's motion to dismiss is pending in court in the patients' case.

Mr. Shields claims to have been discharged for reporting the data theft to the police. He is represented by Portland attorney Kevin Keaney.

David F. Sugerman
Paul & Sugerman, PC

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