What We Learned From High Court's Driver Privacy Ruling

Law360, New York (June 18, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT) -- On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Maracich v. Spears, in which it held, by a 5-4 vote, that the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) prohibits an attorney from accessing state motor vehicle records for the purpose of identifying potential clients to solicit. The decision will be significant for lawyers who use motor vehicle records in investigating their cases. More broadly, it offers some insights into the justices’ approaches to statutory interpretation and their views on large damages awards.


The DPPA was enacted in...
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