Loose talk at party over woman's treatment costs TV's 'Dr Botox' €7,500
SELF-STYLED 'Dr Botox' Danielle Meagher must pay one of her patients €7,500 for breach of confidence after loose talk from her receptionist.
It was publicly divulged at a late-night drinks party that mortgage consultant Amanda Dillon (36) had received botox treatment from Ms Meagher's clinic Dermadental Limited.
Ms Meagher's receptionist Jennifer Valentine admitted telling a mutual friend about Ms Dillon's treatment at the clinic.
But the star of TV3's 'Dublin Housewives' and her clinic were held liable for the disclosure by a Circuit Civil Court judge.
The controversy began on July 24, 2009 when Ms Dillon spoke to Ms Valentine and it became clear they shared mutual friends.
On August 7, while socialising at the party, Ms Dillon had heard another woman, Annette Bonnar, tell everyone present details of the medical procedures carried out and the price she had paid for them. This had been discussed loudly in a room full of Ms Dillon's acquaintances. Everyone agreed there had been drink taken at the party on August 7, 2009.
The next day Ms Valentine had confirmed to her that she had told Ms Bonnar details of the medical treatments and the prices.
Ms Dillon claimed she had suffered personal psychological injury, shame, embarrassment, shock, distress, anxiety and depression. She had been prescribed tranquillisers and recommended to attend counselling and therapy.
Ms Dillon had to stop socialising with the group of friends, she said.
She claimed Ms Meagher held herself out as a doctor and she had a right to keep her treatment entirely confidential and private.
Ms Dillon, of Glenville Avenue, Roselawn, Blanchardstown, Dublin, had alleged Ms Meagher knew that making details of the treatments public to third parties would cause her embarrassment and distress.
Judge Matthew Deery told the Circuit Civil Court that Ms Dillon was entitled to succeed in her claim against Ms Meagher and her medical services clinic at St Martin's House, Waterloo Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 and Malahide Marina, Co Dublin.
Judge Deery dismissed a breach of confidence claim against Ms Valentine, even though she was the one who told Ms Bonnar about the treatment.
This is because Ms Valentine, of Summerfield Rise, Clonsilla Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin, was an agent of the clinic and Ms Meagher.
He told barrister Conor Keogh, for Ms Valentine, he would not make any order for costs in her case.
Ms Meagher of Clonskeagh, Dublin, had disputed liability.
She told her counsel Conor Bourke that she had felt sorry for Ms Dillon, but that she and her clinic had been "caught up in the crossfire".