Jus­tices refuse bid to sue over shar­ing HIV di­ag­no­sis

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

The Supreme Court ruled Wed­nes­day that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment can­not be sued for emo­tional dis­tress af­ter two agen­cies im­prop­erly shared a man’s med­i­cal records de­tail­ing his HIV sta­tus.

“We hold that the Privacy Act does not un­equiv­o­cally au­tho­rize an award of dam­ages for men­tal or emo­tional dis­tress,” said Jus­tice Sa­muel An­thony Al­ito Jr., who wrote the 5-3 opin­ion throw­ing out Stan­more Cooper’s law­suit. “Ac­cord­ingly, the act does not waive the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s sov­er­eign im­mu­nity from li­a­bil­ity for such harms.”

The San Fran­cisco man, who is Hiv-pos­i­tive, dis­closed that in­for­ma­tion to So­cial Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials to re­ceive med­i­cal ben­e­fits, but with­held it from the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Dur­ing a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing pi­lots’ med­i­cal fit­ness to fly, the So­cial Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion gave the FAA the med­i­cal records of some 45,000 North­ern Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dents who ap­plied for li­censes.

The FAA was in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether pi­lots were us­ing one set of doc­tors to cer­tify their fit­ness to fly while ap­ply­ing to So­cial Se­cu­rity for dis­abil­ity pay­ments and us­ing other doc­tors to sup­port claims of ill­ness and in­jury. in a scheme that of­fi­cials say lasted more than a decade. She is ac­cused of trans­fer­ring hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars among the more than 700 bank ac­counts she con­trolled to pay for ev­ery­thing from vis­its to Dis­ney­land to her mother’s care in a se­niors’ home

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