State attorney general sues over lost laptop

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing a consulting firm for losing a laptop computer filled with private health information for thousands of residents. The suit accuses Accretive Health of violating privacy, consumer protections and debt-collection laws.
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Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing a consulting firm for losing a laptop computer filled with private health information for thousands of residents. The suit accuses Accretive Health of violating privacy, consumer protections and debt-collection laws.

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