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Keith Hebeisen Testifies Before The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee

Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, testified Wednesday (June 19, 2019) before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee at a public hearing on proposed changes to various court rules.

In particular, Hebeisen, past president in 2005-2006 of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), testified on behalf of ITLA regarding Proposed Rule 18-01 that would require statewide use of a standard HIPPA order, which is now required only in Cook County.

Hebeisen testified that the HIPPA order requires injured victims to sign an executed waiver of the right to privacy of one’s entire medical history regardless of relevancy, or risk dismissal of the complaint. Hebeisen spoke of ITLA’s concern that the proposed Rule also does not provide for any judicial oversight or any discretionary power to safeguard against disclosure of irrelevant medical records.

A number of other people testified at the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, on various changes to rules. To find out more about the agenda of the Rules Committee, click here.

The Rules Committee is expected to take these matters under advisement and will be making recommendations to the Illinois Supreme Court.