UPDATE: BECKETT v. AETNA
(May 11, 2018) We are happy to report that the Court has granted preliminary approval of the $17 million settlement in this case. To see the Preliminary Approval Order, click here. To see the Settlement Agreement, click 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.
Next steps are for Angeion, the settlement administrator, to mail the Notice of Settlement and claim forms to class members. Please check our website (aidslawpa.org) at the end of May for a timeline on the mailing of the notice. Once you receive the notice and claim forms, please complete as appropriate.
For now you don’t need to do anything, except email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your address has changed since you received the July 2017 Aetna mailing.
As always, if you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com or 215-587-9377.
Good Counsel Fall 2017 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.