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Judge Rules Privacy Claim Must Be Dropped From Lawsuit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 5, 2012

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the mother of a slain TV anchor can proceed, but a privacy invasion claim must be dropped, the Associated Press reports. Filed against St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, the lawsuit claims “outrageous behavior” by three hospital employees who accessed the victim’s sensitive medical records without authorization. The justices ruled Thursday that the mother “can sue the hospital for outrageous behavior, because that claim is made on her own…behalf,” the report states, but upheld a lower court's decision that the “family cannot seek punitive damages for invasion of the slain woman's privacy.”
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