Hospital sues software company following malware attack

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 12, 2019

PRINCETON — A hospital association is suing a technology company, alleging its computers were attacked by malware despite purchasing a software package guaranteed to prevent such a breach.

Princeton Community Hospital Association Inc. filed a complaint in Mercer Circuit Court against Nuance Communications Inc.

The suit states the plaintiff entered into an agreement on Dec. 19, 2016 to use the defendant's software in its hospital. The suit states the defendant promised to ensure confidentiality and protect the plaintiff from threats or hazards to security. The software was integrated into the plaintiff's system in June 2017. However, the plaintiff's system reportedly was compromised by malware on June 27, 2017 and destroyed the plaintiff's data content, despite the defendant's guarantee that no such breach would occur.

The defendant is accused of breach of contract and negligence.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs and a trial by jury. The plaintiff is represented by Larry Rector of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Bridgeport.

The case has been assigned to Judge Mark Wills.

Mercer Circuit Court case number 19-C-59

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