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Court Preliminarily Approves $2,000,000 Class Action Settlement for the Illegal Access of Private Driver’s License Data

Attorneys Scott Kelly and Dan Bellig of Farrish Johnson Law Office of Mankato, MN, with Robert Bennett and Jeff Storms of Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp of Minneapolis, obtained preliminary court approval of a $2,000,000 class action settlement brought on behalf of more than 2,400 individuals whose driver’s license data was improperly accessed by a Rock County employee. The settlement is the largest settlement in Minnesota over the misuse of driver’s license records (DVS) and the first class action settlement over the misuse of driver’s license records.

The case involved a child support officer in Rock County who improperly accessed 2,400 DVS records over a three month period of time in 2011. After an audit, the employee was fired and the employee’s supervisors were disciplined for failure to discover the misuse and supervise the employee. Get professional audit consultants at this site to help you.

The primary claim was made under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) which provides damages and penalties for the improper accessing of DVS records. The parties reached a settlement agreement totaling $2,000,000 which the court has now approved.

The Star Tribune reported the $2,000,000 settlement is the largest settlement ever for violations of the DPPA in Minnesota.