Proposed Settlement Reached in Missouri Data Privacy Class Action

Jun 16, 2010, 16:18 ET from Burgess & Lamb, P.C.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A proposed settlement has been reached with Shadowsoft, Inc. and The Source for Public Data L.P. to resolve a case filed on July 21, 2008 over the alleged acquisition and unlawful use of "highly restricted personal information" belonging to some Missouri drivers.  Plaintiffs in the action claimed that the defendants' alleged actions violated the Driver's Privacy Protection Act and the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. Shadowsoft, Inc. and The Source for Public Data L.P. have denied any violation of the law and any liability, but have agreed to settle this action.

As part of the settlement terms, the Corporate Defendants have agreed to return the drivers license data at issue.  "Due to the limited financial assets of the defendants, the settlement does not include individual monetary compensation to class members," says attorney Mitch Burgess, who represents the plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs also filed suit against several individuals who are past or present employees of the Missouri Department of Revenue ("Individual Defendants").  Plaintiffs claim that these individual defendants disclosed the highly restricted personal information from the Missouri Department of Revenue in violation of the Driver's Privacy Protection Act.  Plaintiffs' claims against the individual defendants remain pending.

Class members affected by this settlement, and the continuing litigation against the individual defendants, are all licensed drivers in the state of Missouri whose highly restricted personal information from their motor vehicle record was obtained, disclosed, or used by the defendants, from July 21, 2004 to present, in violation of the Driver's Privacy Protection Act.

A hearing is scheduled for October 28, 2010, in the United States District Court Western District of Missouri in Jefferson City, to determine if the proposed settlement is fair to all parties.

Attorney Mitch Burgess noted that class members may obtain more information about the proposed settlement and pending litigation by contacting his law firm, Burgess & Lamb, P.C., in Kansas City, Missouri or by visiting the firm's website and viewing the Mo Drivers Litigation Link at www.burgessandlamb.com

CONTACT:
Mitch Burgess
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