Court Approves Settlement Agreement in Beckett v. Aetna
On October 16, the Court granted the Plaintiffs’ motion for final approval of the settlement agreement.
According to the settlement agreement, payments to class members will be mailed no later than 45 days after the effective date, which is 30 days after final approval is granted. We anticipate payments will be mailed no later than the beginning of January. A copy of the final order can be found here.
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.
Good Counsel Fall 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.
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The AIDS Law Project has been busy protecting people living with HIV in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Click here for some recent victories.