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Court Rules in Favor of Patient Privacy

Decided
Fri, 07/25/2014

Wollschlaeger, et al. v. Governor State of FL, et al.: Florida’s Firearm Owners Protect Act is a law that protects the privacy of patients from unnecessary inquiry by doctors. The plaintiffs object to the law on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds and the district court granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs.

Decision

The Eleventh Circuit Court reversed the district court’s decision and concluded that the law simply codifies good medical care practices without infringing on free speech. The court aimed to protect the privacy of the physician-patient relationship in Florida by ruling in favor of the law.

Read the full decision here