In national news:

A federal class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles accuses several workers’ compensation insurers (including a Berkshire Hathaway company) of hacking into thousands of confidential legal files in order to gain an advantage in settlement talks with injured workers.

According to a Courthouse News Service report, Hector Casillas claims in court filings that the insurers: “hacked into privileged and confidential litigation files of thousands of individuals pursuing workers’ compensation cases against them. The defendants stole these files from servers used by law firms representing the individual litigants and used the illegally obtained information to obtain a litigation advantage.” The insurance company defendants are Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, Cypress Insurance and Zenith Insurance. Other corporate defendants are Broadspire Claims Services and the Knox Ricksen law firm. Several individual attorneys, an investigator and another employee are also named as defendants.

Read full coverage from Courthouse News Service here.

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