Washington Law Review


One controversial issue in blood bank AIDS litigation is whether courts should permit infected plaintiffs to conduct discovery of information about the blood donor who contributed the contaminated blood. Many courts have taken a reasonable middle ground by allowing limited discovery of a blood donor provided that the donor's identity remains confidential. In a recent case, the Washington Supreme Court provided no such limitation on blood donor discovery. This Note argues that the court's decision infringes on the significant privacy interests of the blood donor and violates the public's interest in an adequate blood supply while providing little or no benefit to the plaintiff.

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