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Lawyers Ask for Reversal in Supreme Court Pilot Case

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 6, 2012

A panel of lawyers has urged Congress to adopt legislation that would undo the Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper, reports Legal Times. In the case, the Supreme Court ruled pilot Stanley Cooper could not recover damages sought for emotional distress after government agencies shared his medical records. Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Professor Peter Swire, CIPP/US, said the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Privacy Act was “more narrow than intended,” adding that “emotional harms that are proven to a judge are real harms here, and we should put that back in the law.” An ACLU spokesman said the ruling weakened the remedies for a breach.
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