Preemption: In Minnesota, HIPAA doesn't preempt state law that allows an individual to pursue a state-law cause of action against a provider for improperly disclosing medical information. Well, of course not: HIPAA's preemption is only of weaker state laws. A state law that allows a cause of action that HIPAA doesn't wouldn't be weaker.
When I saw the sordid facts of this case, I thought it was in reference to this one, but the earlier one was in Hawaii.
Hat tip: Jim Griffin