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Trial Bar Sues Over New MedMal Law

Five complaints have been filed in state and federal courts challenging a law that took effect Monday that helps physician-defendants in medical malpractice cases, the Miami Herald reports.

The Florida Justice Association, made up of trial lawyers, is coordinating the legal offensive. The complaints say it violates patients’ right to privacy for their doctors to talk about what’s in their medical records without their permission. They say it violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

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