Analysis: Why a NotPetya Lawsuit Was Dismissed

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

A federal court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed against medical transcription company Nuance Communications in the wake of a 2017 NotPetya ransomware attack illustrates how contract terms can affect legal outcomes.

The Western Pennsylvania federal court's recent decision to dismiss Beaver, Pa.-based Heritage Valley Health System's lawsuit did not dispute the findings of the forensic investigation into the attack, which shows Heritage was directly affected. Instead, the lawsuit was tossed mainly because of legal issues involving the contractual relationship between Heritage, Nuance and Dictaphone, a company Nuance acquired in 2006. Heritage had signed a contract with Dictaphone before it was sold to Nuance.

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