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Respiratory therapy supplier Lincare agrees to pay $875K to settle data breach lawsuit

May 16, 2018 / Evan Sweeney

The country’s largest provider of home respiratory supplies has agreed to pay $875,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit from former employees whose information was exposed during a 2017 data breach. The settlement (PDF) resolves a lawsuit filed last fall that claimed Lincare failed to implement “the most basic security safeguards” to prevent a breach. A human resources employee fell victim to a phishing scam in February 2017 in which the sender claimed to be a Lincare executive asking for employee W-2s. The Florida-based company provides in-home respiratory therapy equipment for customers suffering from the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lincare has more than 14,000 employees across more than 1,000 locations.