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December 8, 2016
Emma Weaver, etc., v. Stephen Myers, M.D., et al.
Ms. Weaver challenged the constitutionality of a 2013 state law that amended Florida’s medical malpractice statutes. Under the new law, health care providers facing lawsuits can question patients’ other health care providers outside the presence of the patients and their lawyers. Ms. Weaver alleged that the law violates the constitutional guarantee of access to courts, the right to privacy, and this Court’s rule-making authority. She also alleged that the law constitutes an impermissible special law. The trial court ruled against Ms. Weaver and the First District Court of Appeal upheld that decision.