The nation’s third-largest insurer, Aetna Inc., has filed a federal lawsuit in Philadelphia against the class action settlement administrator it blames for disclosing the names and conditions of thousands of HIV patients in a mailing.

But the administrator, in turn, sued Aetna in California, charging that the insurer and its agent, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, committed negligence and breach of contract for “failure to adequately safeguard the protected health information of thousands of Aetna insureds.” Gibson Dunn is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, however.

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