[ Monday, March 02, 2009 ]
Legal Privacy Arcana:
According to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
, a breach of confidentiality by a physician is not the same as an invasion of privacy. The claims are similar, but not subsumed within each other. Why does it matter? Because there's a 1-year statute of limitations for invasions of privacy, but a 2-year statute of limitations for torts generally, and a breach of a duty of confidentiality is a "general" tort.
The case is full of law-geekiness, including good discussions of the elements of common-law causes of action for invasion of privacy and breach of a confidential relationship. If you're into that sort of geekiness.
Jeff [12:29 PM]
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