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State Supreme Court Rules on Medical Privacy Suit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 17, 2011

The California Supreme Court has ruled in a case involving the state's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. In a unanimous ruling on Thursday, the court determined that a Los Angeles lawyer can sue a debt collector for disclosing personal information to credit reporting agencies, The San Francisco Appeal reports. "Individuals, as patients, have a substantial interest in the privacy of their medical information," Justice Kathryn Werdegar wrote. The decision overturns a lower court's ruling that the Fair Credit Reporting Act preempts the state law.
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