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JPP vs. ESPN is set for trial next August

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Advantage, JPP.

A Florida judge has set a trial date in Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit against ESPN and Adam Schefter. Pierre-Paul claims that the network and its top NFL insider committed invasion of privacy by posting on Twitter one of Pierre-Paul’s medical records in July 2015.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the trial will commence in August 2017. The judge also set a schedule for pre-trial discovery, during which time Schefter, Pierre-Paul, and others will give sworn testimony during depositions. Among other things, Pierre-Paul will attempt to ascertain how Schefter obtained the medical record.

Via the New York Post, the judge denied from the bench a motion filed by ESPN and Schefter both to dismiss the case and to compel Pierre-Paul to pay sanctions for filing it. The decision came after the two sides spent an hour arguing their respective positions in court.

ESPN and Schefter believed that the document ordering Pierre-Paul’s finger amputation constitutes a matter of “legitimate public concern.” Pierre-Paul’s lawyers argued that, while the information reflects a legitimate public concern, the actual medical documentation does not.

That’s the crux of the case. Even if the contents of the medical records become known, are the medical records protected against disclosure -- especially if they were obtained in a manner that violates state law?

Bottom line? Next August, Schefter may be going without shaving or sleeping for reasons other than a hokey ESPN fantasy football marathon.