Judge declines to dismiss Jason Pierre-Paul privacy case vs. ESPN

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Friday, August 26, 2016

MIAMI -- A Miami federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by New York Giants lineman Jason Pierre-Paul against ESPN over disclosure of his medical records from a 2015 fireworks accident.

Pierre-Paul attorney John Lukacs said Judge Marcia Cooke issued her ruling Thursday after a hearing on ESPN's motion to dismiss. The case is set for an August 2017 trial.

Pierre-Paul was hospitalized in Miami after the Fourth of July accident, which caused serious injury to his right hand. The lawsuit claims ESPN and a network reporter violated his privacy and Florida medical confidentiality laws by posting the records on social media.

The network argued that the records merely bolstered a news report. An ESPN spokesperson issued a statement, saying: "We do not comment on ongoing litigation."

Pierre-Paul is listed as the Giants' starting left defensive end.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.