Maracich v. Spears

We filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to restrict the release of drivers license information stored by DMVs. The Drivers Privacy Protection Act ("DPPA") protects driver information from disclosure unless the driver consents to the release. While the DPPA contains an exception permitting disclosure of information without consent in "connection with litigation," the issue before the Court was whether that exception allowed lawyers to access driver license information in order to solicit new clients. Our amicus brief, written by Arlene Fickler and John Timmer of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP in Philadelphia, explained that the litigation exception doesn't include solicitation of new clients.

In June 2013, the Supreme Court agreed with us, finding that a solicitation exception was a privacy intrusion that would undermine Congress's purpose in passing the DPPA in the first place.

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