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Different kinds of court records are subject to different rules, but generally speaking, the public has a right to access the complaint in a civil case, derived from both the First Amendment and common law. Under common law, the Court should only block public access if it determines that some interest in secrecy outweighs the interests promoted by the ...


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HIPPA applies only to specified entities(see https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Administrative-Simplification/HIPAA-ACA/AreYouaCoveredEntity.html); including Health Plans, Health Care Providers, Clearinghouses, and "Business Associates". Autopsy and toxicology records are the output not of a medical practice but of the coroner's office. The ...


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In Canada, when a case is decided (usually by a judge), the "reasons for decision" are usually published on-line by the court's office. A lawsuit is started by filing the Statement of Claim in the court's office. At that stage, it is a list of allegations that the person suing hopes to prove at a trial; say, that a physician committed medical malpractice, ...


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Sharur's answer is the correct one, but I wanted to chime in to note that even when records are covered by HIPAA, they may still be public records nonetheless, because HIPAA includes an exception (45 C.F.R. § 164.512) for uses "required by law": A covered entity may use or disclose protected health information to the extent that such use or disclosure is ...


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There are laws affecting this at both the state and federal level, but by default, most government records are open for public inspection in the United States. If we can't see what the government is doing and how it's making it's decisions, we can't very well decide how to direct it as voters. The extent of openness varies from state to state, but I don't ...


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There is currently no law requiring a candidate for US President to release tax records to appear on the ballot. Nor is there any law requiring the President to release such records after taking office. There are laws requiring members of congress, and other Federal officials, to make public some limited information about their finances. This is much less ...


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Header Notes There are two sides to this coin and depending on which side we're talking about can change the answer completely, the two sides are Tort law, and criminal law. Another important area to look is it an individual being subpoena, or is it a company own by an individual, these two things don't share the same type of protection against a subpoena ...


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Since Trumps tax records were actually subpoenaed, the quick answer is "yes". The long answer, addressing the question of whether the subpoena will survive judicial scrutiny, is "maybe". However, there is no law requiring a president to "release" his tax records – this is a purely political custom. There are numerous but non-intersecting grounds for ...


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For purposes of determining auto insurance rates, your driving record excludes any accident or offense older than a certain number of years (the number depends on the state, and possibly on the kind of offense or incident). This is not the same as your criminal record. Convictions are only removed from your criminal record by court order, which is somewhat ...


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