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11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Veterans' Case

Atlanta, Georgia –
ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court says two Vietnam veterans
cannot get monetary damages in a lawsuit over a 2007 computer
security breach at the Birmingham, Ala., VA hospital.
An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday that
Jim Henry Perkins and Jessie Frank Qualls had to prove actual
damages from the disappearance of a hard drive containing Social
Security numbers and healthcare files of 198,000 living veterans.
The decision upholds a ruling by U.S. District Judge Inge P.
Johnson of Alabama, but the appellate panel overturned Johnson's
denial of an injunction against the Department of Veterans Affairs
intended to prevent a recurrence.
It sent the case back to ensure that steps taken by the VA
comply with that goal.

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