On August 30, 2019, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Sherri Lee Schweitzer granted contested class certification and partial summary judgment motions to the plaintiff in a case which alleged that Medical Records Online (aka “MRO”) routinely charged patients’ attorneys more for copies of Cooper Hospital and other New Jersey hospital records than New Jersey law allowed. MRO is a private contractor hired by Cooper Hospital, and many other New Jersey hospitals, to process requests for copies of patient records and to be the exclusive provider of copies of patient hospital records. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2018, alleges that MRO charged uniform “per-page” copy fees to patient’s attorneys which were up to ten times higher than what a New Jersey regulation allows. At a hearing before the Court on August 30, 2019, Judge Schweitzer agreed that a New Jersey Department of Health interpretation of the governing regulation barred MRO’s uniform $1 per page fee policy, ruling that MRO was barred from charging more than MRO’s actual costs in making and delivering copies of patient hospital records for the period when the regulation was in effect. At the same hearing, the Court granted a motion to certify a class action composed of hundreds of New Jersey attorneys and law firms who were similarly overcharged by MRO for copies of their client’s records between January 1, 2017 and the present.