From Courthouse News Service in Providence, Rhode Island:
A woman claims in court that a doctor who treated her for drug addiction invaded her privacy by using “her most private, embarrassing, and traumatizing memories in order to surreptitiously obtain material for the book … ‘The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year.'”
Gabrielle Lisnoff sued Dr. Michael Stein in Federal Court. Stein’s book was published by HarperCollins in 2009.
“(T)he defendant treated the plaintiff from approximately 2005 through approximately 2010,” Lisnoff says. “During the course of purporting to treat the plaintiff, the defendant elicited private facts and stories from her and probed into her personal affairs. Subsequently, without the plaintiff’s knowledge or permission, the defendant authored and caused to be published the aforementioned book about her life and history with drug addiction.”
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“To the plaintiff’s shock, surprise and dismay, many of the stories contained in the book were quoted from what she had told the defendant during her treatment sessions or were closely adapted from private facts that she had confidentially shared with him during her appointments with him for treatment.”
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She seeks punitive damages for intrusion upon seclusion, appropriation of name or likeness, unreasonable publicity to her private life, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and a percentage of all profits from the book.
Link to the rest at Courthouse News Service and thanks to Jenny for the tip.
Passive Guy would love to know how much legal vetting of this book was conducted by HarperCollins prior to publication.
Here’s a link to The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year
And here is the Publisher’s Weekly review as shown on Amazon:
With a crisp detachment that belies his vulnerability and caring, Stein (The Lonely Patient) masterfully records the relentless pain—physical and psychological—that brings Lucy Fields, a 29-year-old Vicodin addict, to his door with a peculiarly common modern American condition. Though the literate and likable Brown University med school prof administers another drug that should block the effects of the Vicodin, he readily admits its success is far from perfect. A daunting addiction unfolds; Fields, college-educated and from an intact family, paradoxically defies yet also encompasses the stereotypical drug-user—she is both self-aware and self-destructive. It’s Lucy’s arc of illness that keeps this haunting narrative moving forward, but it’s Stein’s clear-eyed compassion that catapults her story from pathetic to sympathetic. To enjoy treating addicts… one needed a sense of irony, the belief that everyone’s life vacillated between euphoria and sorrow, Stein says. Experts might disagree on treating addiction, but Stein’s prescription is hard to dispute: first treat the illness, and then the aching soul sickness that caused it. To work with addicts is to enter the profession of possibility, he learns. In this uplifting chronicle, Stein celebrates Lucy’s victory and his own.
Following is the Complaint filed against the doctor in the Federal District Court in Rhode Island. As a tip for reading litigation documents, the Complaint is usually the document that commences a suit and it provides an outline of the Plaintiff’s case in the most favorable light to the Plaintiff and the least favorable light to the Defendant. The complaint includes allegations that must be proved by the Plaintiff if the lawsuit is to be successful.