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Judge nixes lawyer's 1st Amend defense vs crash reports privacy suit; will allow Spokeo argument

Dan Churney Sep. 12, 2016, 10:25am

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit against a Chicago personal injury lawyer, which alleges he violated a federal drivers privacy law by buying traffic crash reports. Nonetheless, the judge said he wants the lawyer to further explain why the plaintiffs may lack standing under the law to pursue the case at all. 

Judge: LexisNexis can be sued under federal privacy law for selling crash reports to lawyers

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 25, 2016, 4:04pm

A federal judge will allow an Illinois couple to continue their lawsuit against online information provider LexisNexis and a subsidiary company, saying the couple had done enough to establish they may be able to prove the companies violated federal law by selling traffic crash reports to personal injury lawyers, who then used the information in the reports to send targeted marketing materials to offer their legal services should those involved in the traffic accidents wish to sue.