Thousands of HIV patients whose names and conditions werevisible through glassine envelopes sent through the mail willshare $17 million that Aetna Insurance Co. has agreed to pay insettlement of claims that the insurer failed to protect theindividuals’ privacy.

The settlement, upon judicial approval, would resolve anationwide class action breach of privacy lawsuit filed in federal court in Philadelphia inAugust over, ironically, notices mailed as part of a settlementof a previous class action claiming the health insurer’s mail orderrequirement for medications violated HIV patients’privacy.

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Kristen Rasmussen

Kristen Rasmussen is an Atlanta-based reporter who covers corporate law departments and in-house attorneys.