High Court Shuts Down Atty Access To Driver's Information

Law360, New York (June 17, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act bars plaintiffs attorneys from using driver’s license records to find potential clients and build class actions, in one of the court’s first decisions on a civil privacy issue.

In a 5-4 decision reversing the Fourth Circuit, the high court held that an attorney’s solicitation of clients is not a permissible purpose covered by an exception in the DPPA that permits the release of personal information “for use in connection with any civil, criminal,...
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