ACLU Joins Prescription Drug Privacy Row With DEA

Law360, New York (April 4, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT) -- The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that it has secured approval to intervene in a federal court battle in Oregon over access to prescription drug records in order to represent state residents who claim the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is violating their constitutional privacy rights.

U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty granted the ACLU's motion on March 31, rejecting the DEA's argument that the state and federal governments already involved in the litigation will be able to represent the interests of prescription drug users. The judge noted that existing arguments in the case focus largely on preemption issues.

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