Consumer privacy: Medical-records suit reinstated

Bob Egelko reports:

Californians can sue doctors, debt collectors and others who disclose their confidential medical information to a credit reporting agency, the state Supreme Court has ruled in a unanimous, potentially wide-ranging decision.

The justices Thursday reversed a state appellate court that, like most federal judges who have considered the issue, concluded that federal credit-reporting and medical-information laws leave no room for states to enact broader consumer protections.


The ruling in Brown vs. Mortensen, S180862, can be viewed at

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