Sapientia files class action lawsuit on behalf of 5,000 Minnesotans whose private drivers’ license information was impermissibly accessed by DNR employee.

Sapientia Law Group and Sieben Grose Von Holtum & Carey Join Forces in Class Action Suit

Firms will represent individuals whose federally protected drivers license information was improperly accessed more than 11,000 times by Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources

MINNEAPOLIS – Feb. 5, 2013 - Following the heels of the largely publicized Rasmusson v. City of Bloomington, et al. privacy case involving 140 law enforcement personnel across Minnesota accessing a former co-worker’s private drivers license information, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advised 5,000 Minnesota citizens that one of its former employees also improperly accessed their private information through the Department of Public Safety’s database. It is reported that the vast majority of individuals whose information was impermissibly accessed were women.

Sapientia Law Group attorneys represented the plaintiff in the Rasmusson v. City of Bloomington, et al. federal lawsuit and the firm has agreed to represent a class of individuals whose rights have been similarly violated. Sapientia is pleased to join legal forces with Sieben Grose Von Holtum & Carey attorneys Susan Holden and Jeffrey Montpetit to initiate this federal litigation on behalf of the class members yesterday. With Holden’s and Montpetit’s expertise in class actions involving consumers and section 1983 matters and Sapientia’s experience successfully protecting privacy interests under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), this is a partnership that will succeed in making sure all those whose rights were violated by the DNR officials will be vindicated. Counsel will apply for class certification at the earliest practicable time.

For more information contact Jon Strauss or Larry Fett. To learn more about Sapientia’s privacy practice, please visit Privacy Law.