Samuel F. Wright

Captain, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
Director, Service Members Law Center
(800) 809-9448, ext. 730
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Law Review 1295

October 2012

Lawsuits against DOD for Breach of Private Medical Information

By Captain Samuel F. Wright, JAGC, USN (Ret.)


More than a year ago (September 14, 2011), backup tapes containing private information about 4.9 million current and retired service members and military family members were stolen from the personal vehicle of an employee of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).[1]  The tapes were not encrypted, or at least were not properly encrypted.  As a result, private information was compromised.  The information includes Social Security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, and some personal health data, such as clinical notes, laboratory test results, and prescription information.  If you were affected by this breach, you were likely informed by SAIC, probably by mail.

Numerous lawsuits about this breach have been filed in federal district courts around the country.  Recently, these lawsuits were consolidated in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 

If you were notified by SAIC that you may have been affected by this breach, and if you want to discuss your legal rights, or if you believe that you have information relevant to the investigation of this incident, please contact Tracy Rezvani of the law firm of Finkelstein Thompson (Washington, DC office) at 877-337-1050 (toll-free) or by e-mail at  The firm is especially interested in hearing from affected persons who reside in the District of Columbia.

[1] SAIC is a contractor for the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), the Department of Defense (DOD) organization that manages the TRICARE program of military medical care.