A Massachusetts state court judge has certified a statewide class action in a case accusing drugstore chain CVS Corp. of violating the confidentiality of customers’ pharmacy records for financial gain. And the lawyer for the class promises more lawsuits across the country in the weeks to come. Weld v. CVS Pharmacy Inc., 98-0897 (Mass. Super. Ct., Suffolk Co.).

“It is certainly the first time that a class has been certified in a case involving unpermitted access to a health and prescription database,” said Jeffrey R. Krinsk, of San Diego’s Finkelstein & Krinsk, the plaintiffs’ lawyer. Mr. Krinsk predicted that the case could be tried by the end of 2000.

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