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Doe v. Chao

Docket No.: 02-1377
Certiorari Granted: Jun 27 2003
Argued: December 3, 2003
Decided: February 24, 2004

Topics:

5 U.S.C. 552, Privacy, Administrative Procedure, Article I, Bivens action, Due Process, Federalism, Fifth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Medicare, Privacy Act, Sixth Amendment, attorney fees, equitable relief, habeas, ineffective assistance of counsel, judicial review, privacy, sovereign immunity, willful violation, willfulness

PartyNames: Buck Doe v. Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor
Petitioner: Buck Doe
Respondent: Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Citation: CA 4, 306 F.3d 170. QUESTION PRESENTED Whether an individual who has suffered an "adverse effect" as a result of afederal agency's "intentional or willful" violation of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C.
Supreme Court Docket

Buck Doe
v.
Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor
540 U.S. 614 (2004)
Question:

Does the federal Privacy Act require that people prove they suffered "actual damage" stemming from the government's violation of their privacy rights in order to win damages in a suit against the government?

Note:

. CA 4, 306 F.3d 170. QUESTION PRESENTED Whether an individual who has suffered an "adverse effect" as a result of afederal agency's "intentional or willful" violation of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a et seq., must further prove that he has suffered "actual damages" tobe entitled to the minimum statutor y damages award of §1,000 available under Section 552a(g)(4) of the Act. CERT. GRANTED: 6/27/03

Doe v. Chao
ORAL ARGUMENT

December 3, 2003

Holding: affirmed
Decision: Decision: 6 votes for Chao, 3 vote(s) against
Vote: 6-3
Opinion By:
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