Hearing on move for protective order in case against Quest Diagnostics canceled

By Amelia Flood | Aug 30, 2010


A hearing seeking a protective order in a case against a medical testing company and romantic rival was canceled on Friday.

Plaintiff Jane Doe moved for a protective order on July 27 due to coverage of her case by the Madison County Record and other media outlets.

Doe is suing Quest Diagnostics Inc. and Maureen Sackmann for damages in excess of $350,000, attorney's fees and costs.

The hearing has been rescheduled to Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.

Doe claims that Sackmann, an employee of Quest, revealed Doe's herpes test results to Doe's boyfriend because Sackmann had previously been involved with him.

Quest Diagnostics is named as Sackmann's employer.

Doe claims the company is liable for Sackmann's actions.

In the motion, Jane Doe claims that discovery requests by Quest would divulge identity and the identities of family members and witnesses to the press.

The Madison County Record, Alton Telegraph and two St. Louis-based TV news stations have covered the case and are named in the motion.

Doe asks for the protective order to keep the requested details of the case from "embarrassing" her.

"In this case, if defendant Quest is allowed to inject into the
court record embarrassing facts about the Plaintiff and make public the identity of innocent witnesses, the entire purpose of the Plaintiff's suit will be thwarted," the motion reads.

Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack presides.

Doe is represented by Emily Johnson.

John Webster represents Sackmann.

Matthew Day represents Quest.

The case is Madison case number 10-L-101.

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