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Judge hears motion to dismiss federal driver’s protection suit

MINNEAPOLIS - A U.S. District Court judge oversaw a hearing Friday in Minneapolis for dismissal of a federal lawsuit against dozens of Minnesota cities, counties and government officials alleged to have violated the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.

Filed by a Wabasha County citizens group in September, the suit claims government officials across the state illegally accessed protected driver’s license data of 18 political activists more than 600 times to obtain confidential information, according to a news release from the plaintiff’s attorney, Erick Kaardal.

Each DPPA violation is subject to a $2,500 damage award. There was no immediate decision.

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