Federal Lawsuit Filed Against City of Duluth, Other Agencies for Illegally Accessing Drivers License Information

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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against City of Duluth, Other Agencies for Illegally Accessing Drivers License Information

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A federal lawsuit has been filed by a Minnesota woman alleging that the Duluth Police Department, St Louis County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies illegally accessed her private information via the state driver's license information system.

Jennie Marie Loeffler filed the suit claiming that 28 separate agencies violated her civil rights by illegally viewing her private, personal and confidential driver's license information without a legitimate purpose.
Loeffler claims that law enforcement personnel viewed her information more than 130 times between 2003 and 2012.

She says she became aware of the searches after discovering that her husband at the time, a Lakeville Police Officer, was allegedly having an affair with a female Duluth police officer.

That officer, who remains unnamed, is part of the lawsuit after a report by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety confirmed that the woman looked up Loeffler's information on the day she says she was confronted about the affair.

Loeffler is seeking more than $500,000 in damages for mental suffering.

City Attorney Gunnar Johnson declined to comment on the case other than to say that the city is working on a response to the suit at this time.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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