BECKETT v. AETNA
UPDATE: Settlement notices were mailed from Philadelphia on June 1.
In August of 2017, AIDS Law Project, LAC, and Berger & Montague, P.C. filed a federal class action lawsuit against Aetna after a faulty mailing revealed the HIV-related information of thousands of its customers. The plaintiffs included people taking medication to treat HIV as well as people who, like Beckett, take PrEP, a pre-exposure prophylactic that prevents HIV. A settlement was reached on January 16, 2018.
On May 11, the Court granted preliminary approval of the $17 million settlement. On June 1, Notices of Settlement were sent to class members fully detailing the settlement terms.
Everyone who received the Notice is entitled to a base payment and need not take further action. Class members who suffered financial or non-financial harm as a result of the faulty mailing must submit a claim form by mail or online by September 29, 2018. Details on how and where to submit the claim form can be found at: https://www.beckettprivacyclassaction.com/ or by calling the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Counsel Spring 2018 is now available!
All Pain, No Gain: HIV Criminalization in Pennsylvania (May 2017)
HIV Criminalization undercuts important public health initiatives by ignoring actual transmission risk, exacerbating stigma, and devaluing the importance of personal responsibility in HIV prevention. Criminalization makes it more difficult for those who have been diagnosed with HIV to disclose their HIV status to partners or to access and stay in care. In short, it’s all pain and no gain.
Click here for the report.
The AIDS Law Project has been busy protecting people living with HIV in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Click here for some recent victories.