Handing a rare win to an employment discrimination plaintiff, the 11th Circuit ruled that state privilege rules shielding documents related to doctors' peer review processes don't apply to federal discrimination cases. At least two lawyers said that, arguably, the decision could apply to federal claims beyond discrimination. But even if read narrowly, the case will lead to more suits and a decrease in doctors' willingness to sit on peer review committees, said an attorney for the hospital sued in the case.
11th Circuit: Interests in Federal Civil Rights Cases Trump Hospitals' Shield Against Disclosure
June 19, 2007