High Court Considers Reach Of Privacy Act Damages

Law360, New York (November 30, 2011, 8:06 PM EST) -- The federal government urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to find that the Privacy Act does not provide for emotional distress damages that a former pilot allegedly suffered after the U.S. Social Security Administration revealed his HIV positive status to the Federal Aviation Administration.

During oral arguments, Assistant to the Solicitor General Eric J. Feigin argued that Congress did not intend for the Privacy Act to allow plaintiffs to collect uncapped damages for mental and emotional distress, a contention that contradicted the Ninth Circuit's February...
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