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Lawyer sues Schaumburg cops, says must include names, addresses on crash reports used to solicit clients

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 20, 2017, 11:05am

About a month after settling a potential class action lawsuit accusing him of breaking a federal law when he used the village’s police vehicle crash reports to solicit potential clients for personal injury lawsuits, a lawyer now has sued the village of Schaumburg, saying police departments can’t withhold from him the contact information of those involved in vehicle crashes.

Class action denied in 'misleading' debt collection case vs Midland Credit Management

Angela Underwood Aug. 2, 2017, 1:36am

A Chicago federal judge has turned aside, for now, an attempt to turn a dispute over a debt collection into a class action, saying the evidence supplied by plaintiffs in the case - a collection letter which allegedly violated federal law - is not enough to justify the request to expand the lawsuit to include others who may have received similar letters.

Judge refuses class action vs lawyers, IT vendor accused of using crash reports to drum up business

Jonathan Bilyk May 24, 2017, 12:51pm

Saying plaintiffs would be hard pressed to demonstrate precisely how otherwise-protected information may have ended up on police vehicle crash reports, a Chicago federal judge has refused to allow a class action lawsuit to proceed against St. Louis-based personal injury firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord, accused of purchasing traffic crash reports and using personal information from those reports to solicit business from potential clients.

Judge: Man has standing under Spokeo to sue lawyer who used his crash report to solicit him

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 3, 2017, 1:37pm

A Chicago federal judge has cleared the way for a man to continue his lawsuit against a Chicago lawyer he has accused of buying traffic crash reports to improperly obtain his personal information to then offer to represent him in any legal actions involving his auto accident.

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.