A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit against Grays Harbor County Public Hospital District No. 2, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, GHCH Physician Services, LLC d/b/a Harbor Medical Group (collectively “Grays Harbor”) relating to a cyberattack against Grays Harbor’s computer systems that occurred in June 2019 (the “Data Incident”). The computer systems possibly affected by the Data Incident potentially contained certain personal and protected health information (such as name, address, phone number, Social Security number, services performed and diagnosis information, driver’s license information, health insurance information, referring provider information, medical record number, and dates of service) relating to current and former Grays Harbor patients.

Nature of the Case

The Lawsuit claims that Grays Harbor was responsible for the Data Incident and asserts claims such as: violation of the Washington State Uniform Healthcare Information Act; violation of the Washington State Consumer Protection Act; negligence; intrusion upon seclusion/invasion of privacy; violation of the Washington State Constitution’s right to privacy; breach of express contract; and breach of implied contract. The Lawsuit seeks, among other things, payment for persons who were injured by the Data Incident.

Grays Harbor has denied and continues to deny all of the claims made in the Lawsuit, as well as all charges of wrongdoing or liability against it.

Who Is Included

If you received a notification from Grays Harbor of the Data Incident, you are included in this Settlement as a “Settlement Class Member.”

Your Legal Rights and Options

Option and Deadline

Your Legal Rights in this Lawsuit

Submit a claim

December 23, 2020

Submit a claim. Receive a share of the Settlement Fund.

This is the only way you can get payment.

Exclude yourself or opt-out

July 27, 2020

Exclude yourself. Get out of this lawsuit. 

You will not get any payment from the Settlement, but you also will not release your claims against Grays Harbor. This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against Grays Harbor or related parties for the legal claims resolved by this Settlement.

object to the settlement

July 27, 2020

Remain a Class Member, but object to the Settlement.

Write to the Court and Counsel with reasons why you do not agree with the Settlement.

attend the fairness hearing

August 31, 2020

It is not necessary for you to appear at this hearing, but you may attend at your own expense.

You may ask the Court for permission for you or your attorney to speak about your objection at the Final Fairness Hearing.

Do nothing

No Deadline

Remain in the Class, but receive no payment from the Settlement Fund.

You will not get payment from this Settlement and you will give up certain legal rights. Submitting a claim form is the only way to obtain payment from this Settlement.

Dates and Deadlines

Claim Deadline

December 23, 2020

Exclusion Deadline

July 27, 2020

Objection Deadline

July 27, 2020

Fairness Hearing

August 31, 2020