The Oregon Biz Report - Business News from Oregon

Read about accutane journal moderate acne here

Court considers damages from privacy violations

December 5, 2011

Supreme Court Considers Damages for Privacy Violation’s Emotional Harm
By Adam H. Greene,Privacy & Security Law
Davis Wright Tremaine,
Oregon Law Frim

On Nov. 30, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments in Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper, No. 10-1024. At issue in the case is whether the plaintiff is entitled to damages under the Privacy Act of 1974 for emotional distress caused by the government’s disclosure of his HIV status, including “sleeplessness, loss of appetite, physical tension, agitation, isolation from friends and anxiety.”

While the case most directly impacts the Privacy Act of 1974 (which generally only applies to federal agencies), a Supreme Court precedent establishing damages for emotional harm due to loss of privacy could have a far larger impact. For example, more and more breaches of information are leading to class action lawsuits that may succeed or fail based on whether the plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for the alleged anxiety and other emotional harm resulting from the breach. A finding in favor of the plaintiff in Cooper could significantly bolster the arguments of plaintiffs in these class action suits. Stay tuned for the resolution of this case.

More information can be found here in a New York Times story.

Print This Post Print This Post    Email This Post Email This Post

Discuss this article

no comments yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the following question to confirm that you are a real person: *

Top Business News


Top Natural Resource News


Top Faith News


Copyright © 2018, OregonReport. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use - Copyright - Legal Policy | Contact Oregon Report

Stay Tuned...

Stay up to date with the latest political news and commentary from Oregon Business Report through daily email updates:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Prefer another subscription option? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, become a fan on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

RSS Twitter Facebook

No Thanks (close this box)