Updates to our Terms of Use

We are updating our Terms of Use. Please carefully review the updated Terms before proceeding to our website.

Saturday, December 9, 2023
Courthouse News Service
Saturday, December 9, 2023 | Back issues
Courthouse News Service Courthouse News Service

Kidney Donor’s Records Protected from Disclosure

ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - New York University Medical Center cannot compel another hospital to release the medical records of a kidney donor whose organ was transplanted into a patient who later died of kidney cancer, a New York appellate division ruled.

The medical center sought the records from St. Luke's Hospital in an effort to clear the center of liability in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the deceased patient's relatives. It claimed the donor had waived its physician-patient privilege "merely by offering to donate an organ," the ruling states.

"Although the privilege may be waived by a personal representative when the patient is deceased," the court ruled, "there was no such waiver here."

Categories / Uncategorized

Subscribe to Closing Arguments

Sign up for new weekly newsletter Closing Arguments to get the latest about ongoing trials, major litigation and hot cases and rulings in courthouses around the U.S. and the world.