U.S. Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., Striking Down Vermont Prescription Confidentiality Law (Vt. Stat. Ann., Tit. 18, § 4631(d), amended by H. 750)

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The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., et al. on June 23, 2011. The 6-3 decision, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, struck down the Vermont Prescription Confidentiality Law (Vt. Stat. Ann., Tit. 18, § 4613(d), amended by H. 750) as unconstitutional restriction of First Amendment commercial speech.

A summary of this case and the related prescriber data privacy cases, authored by King & Spalding attorneys Edward Basile and Marian Lee, appeared as chapter 13, “IMS Health Inc. v. Sorrell,” in Top 20 Food and Drug Cases, 2010 & Cases to Watch, 2011, edited by John B. Reiss (FDLI 2011).

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