News Digest 5-17-2022


Audit finds data breach exposed personal information of 1.8 million Texans

A massive security breach at the Texas Department of Insurance leaked the personal information of 1.8 million Texans who have filed workers’ compensation claims from March 2019 to January 2022.. The department did not officially acknowledge the security issue until the state auditor’s office conducted a review. After the audit, TDI sent out a notice acknowledging it became aware of the issue in January. Texas Tribune


PBM suit may finally come to trial in Ohio

Since at least 2016, Ohio pharmacists have been accusing large pharmacy benefit managers, which negotiate rebates from drugmakers, of abusive practices; since 2019, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has been accusing them as well, in the form of lawsuits. After years of wrangling in court, some of that litigation may be headed to trial. Ohio Capital Journal


New Jersey lawmakers consider extending judges’ retirement age

A New Jersey Assembly committee last week advanced a bill that would raise the mandatory retirement age for judges and county prosecutors from age 70 to age 72. If the bill becomes law, the retirement age for New Jersey Supreme Court justices and state Superior Court judges would not increase until voters agree to amend the state constitution; but it could go up immediately for administrative law judges, workers’ compensation judges and county prosecutors. New Jersey 101.5


Virginia man’s workers’ comp claim for foot condition denied

A man who suffered multiple injuries in a work-related fall from a tree in 2014 has been denied some claimed medical benefits. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission found no causal connection between the work-related injuries and the left foot condition for which he sought surgery. Virginia Lawyers Weekly [may require registration]