Calif. Senate Panel OKs Pared Medical Privacy Damages Waiver

Law360, New York (July 5, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT) -- The California Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation to shield health care providers from damages in consumer privacy actions after attempting to address advocacy groups' concerns by amending the measure to give courts more authority to override the waiver.

In a 4-1 vote, the committee passed AB 439, which would revise the state's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act to immunize health care providers from private plaintiffs' ability to recover nominal damages of $1,000 for the unauthorized disclosure of their data under the act if these...
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