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Continued: Federal judge throws out 3 major driver's license snooping cases

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 22, 2014 - 6:04 AM

Bass, a former attorney for a labor union, claimed that 340 law enforcement officers queried her vehicle services file more than 750 times between 2005 and 2013. She sued about 96 local governments seeking more than $2 million in damages.

Potocnik, a former Minneapolis police officer, filed suit against about 33 local governments claiming that more than 200 officers viewed his data 420 times. He sought more than $1 million in damages. He was fired from the police department after having an affair with a student at a school where he was working off-duty.

McDonough, a prominent television producer and reporter, claimed that her privacy was violated with unwarranted searches between 2006 and 2013.

Many of the plaintiffs in the cases are women and include former police officers, TV news readers, and ex-partners of public employees.

The wave of litigation started in 2012 with former police officer Anne Marie Rasmusson, who eventually received more than $1 million in settlements.

Rock County also settled a potential class-action lawsuit last October for $2 million. That case involved a county child support officer who made more than 4,000 queries of friends, neighbors and co-workers between 2010 and 2011.


Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747 @rochelleolson

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