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Continued: Damage from data snooping hard to prove

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 14, 2014 - 11:01 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals also will be asked to consider the issue.

‘Stakes are fairly large’

Sapientia attorney Kenn Fukuda says his office is appealing three suits dismissed by Ericksen and Doty to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. An appeal is also expected from attorney Marshall Tanick, who had most of another suit tossed out by Ericksen. “There are enough cases around the country that it could ultimately be before the U.S. Supreme Court in a year or two,” said Tanick. “The stakes are fairly large.”

As the court cases continue, public employees are learning when lookups are off-limits.

The state, city and county leagues’ insurance trusts offer an online training program on the proper way to search driver’s license information, said Tom Grundhoefer, general counsel for the League of Minnesota Cities.

So far, 3,553 employees have taken the course.

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

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