Ex parte National Western Life Insurance Co.

899 So. 2d 218 (2004)

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Ex parte National Western Life Insurance Co.

Alabama Supreme Court
899 So. 2d 218 (2004)

Facts

Terrill Sanders (plaintiff) sued the National Western Life Insurance Company (National Western) (defendant) for negligent issuance of a life-insurance policy. During those proceedings, Sanders sought certain information regarding insurance information of persons not party to the lawsuit. The information included highly sensitive information, such as medical history, Social Security numbers, and contact information. To that end, National Western claimed that the information was confidential and private. The trial court disagreed and ordered National Western to produce the documents. One of National Western’s arguments was that the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) prohibited disclosure. After the trial court rejected that argument, National Western petitioned for a writ of mandamus. National Western argued that the information sought did not fall under an exception in the GLBA.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Houston, J.)

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