The Illinois Supreme Court disagreed with an appellate court’s finding that a Chicago plaintiffs law firm’s press release, which detailed its former client’s mental health diagnoses in the course of announcing a $4.2 million medical malpractice verdict, violated the Mental Health Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act.

The state high court’s opinion reversed the appellate court’s decision and affirmed the Cook County Circuit Court’s dismissal that alleged the defendant law firm, Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny and its former attorney, Elizabeth A. Kaveny, violated the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Act by commenting on the case and disclosing details about the mental health history of a former client, John Doe, for an article published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.