FAS Windows and Doors Exposes Driver’s License Information Class Action

When significant work must be performed on a home or other building, permits or related paperwork may be required. This class action brings suit against FASWD, or FAS Windows and Doors, not related to the work done, but because a salesman for the company filed public Notices of Commencement that exposed the signers’ driver’s license numbers.

The class for this action is all persons in the US whose driver’s license information was revealed by FAS or its employees, including Rod C. Henderson, on Notices of Commencement, between February 2, 2017 and February 2, 2021.

A federal law called the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) prohibits disclosing people’s personal motor vehicle information, such as driver’s license numbers. However, this complaint alleges that FAS salesman Rod C. Henderson may have done this repeatedly.

FAS bills itself as “Central Florida’s largest volume window and door dealer.” Henderson worked for FAS in the Tampa area.

When a consumer wants to have windows or doors replaced, FAS sends out a replacement sales rep, to look at the home or other building, give the person a quote for the work, and have the person sign a form contract.

Before beginning work, FAS must obtain a permit for it. Part of that process involves filing a Notice of Commencement with the appropriate county. FAS has a standardized form for this. Its sales representatives have the customer sign, then notarize the signature. As part of the notarization process, sales rep Henderson recorded the customer’s driver’s license number, presumably as a way of verifying the person’s identity for notarization.

According to the complaint, Henderson came to plaintiff Samuel B. Howlett’s home in Hillsborough County, Florida on June 9, 2020, to provide a quote and obtain his signature on a contract for the replacement of eleven windows. Henderson also prepared a Notice of Commencement that day as well, and Howlett signed it. Then Henderson notarized the signature, filling in the driver’s license number, its issuance date, and its expiration date.

What Henderson should have done, the complaint contends, is redact the driver’s license information before filing the Notice. However, he did not do so. The Notice of Commencement was attached to the complaint in the original filing with the court as Exhibit A.

When Howlett realized his private information was being made public, he asked FAS to withdraw the Notice. FAS refused to do so, leaving the information public. The complaint alleges that at least another thirty-two customers have had their driver’s license information exposed this way. All of these notices were notarized by Henderson.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Privacy

Most Recent Case Event

FAS Windows and Doors Exposes Driver’s License Information Complaint

February 2, 2021

When significant work must be performed on a home or other building, permits or related paperwork may be required. This class action brings suit against FASWD, or FAS Windows and Doors, not related to the work done, but because a salesman for the company filed public Notices of Commencement that exposed the signers’ driver’s license numbers.

FAS Windows and Doors Exposes Driver’s License Information Complaint

Case Event History

FAS Windows and Doors Exposes Driver’s License Information Complaint

February 2, 2021

When significant work must be performed on a home or other building, permits or related paperwork may be required. This class action brings suit against FASWD, or FAS Windows and Doors, not related to the work done, but because a salesman for the company filed public Notices of Commencement that exposed the signers’ driver’s license numbers.

FAS Windows and Doors Exposes Driver’s License Information Complaint
Tags: Driver's License, Exposing Private Information, Your Privacy