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LexisNexis Personal Information in Police Reports

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

PoliceReports.US, LLC (PRUS), LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc. (LNRS), LexisNexis Claims Solutions, Inc. (LN Claims), and LexisNexis Coplogic Solutions, Inc. (NL Coplogic) have chosen to settle a class action alleging that they disclosed auto crash reports to third parties, such as law firms and auto repair shops. The complaint alleged that those third parties used the information in the reports for marketing and solicitation purposes without the consent of the plaintiffs in this case, in violation of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), a law that regulates how persons may obtain, use, or disclose personal information held in the records of Departments of Motor Vehicles.

Docket Number:

5:16-cv-00009-KBD-DCK

Company: LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc.

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: January 12, 2012

Objection Deadline: May 3, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: May 24, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

There are no claim forms and no cash or individual awards.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are a person who (1) at any time between January 12, 2012 and the date of the final judgment in this case, (2) had your personal information, such as a driver identification number, name, address, or telephone number, appear on a crash report, and (3) the crash report was selling via an online solution supported, owned, or operated by or on behalf of PoliceReports.US, LLC or LexisNexis Claims Solutions, Inc.

You may belong to the CMPD Subclass within the above class if your crash report was prepared by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department of North Carolina.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Injunctive relief only; no cash or other individual awards available. The defendants in this case are required to change their business practices around crash reports:
(1) They must prohibit the use of reports bought on the eCommerce Web Portal for marketing and solicitation purposes.
(2) They must stop offering a monthly subscription to the reports.
(3) They must limit the disclosures to only when one of the following three conditions are met: (a) They have redacted certain personal information from the reports; (b) they have obtained the consent of the person whose personal information appears in the crash report; or (c) the crash report is being disclosed only for a purpose permitted in the Final Judgment.
(4) They must maintain records of those who receive a Crash Report on the eCommerce Web Portal and the specific permitted purpose for which the Crash Report will be used.
(5) They must perform employee education and training in connection with this injunctive relief.

These injunctive measures will remain in force for seven years; those for the SMPD Subclass will remain in force indefinitely, unless the defendants obtain relief from the court at a later date.

Total Settlement Amount: $5.13 million for attorneys and court expenses

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$10,000

Law Firms:
Christopher L. Cogdill, PA
Eugene C. Covington, Jr., PA
Van Winkle Law Firm

Case Name: Deloris Gaston, et al. v. LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc., et al.

Settlement Website: LexisNexis Personal Information in Police Reports Website

Claims Administrator:
American Legal Claim Services LLC

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Gaston v. LexisNexis Risk Solutions
P.O. Box 23680
Jacksonville, FL 32241
info@dppacrashreportsettlement.com
800-842-4612

Tags: Police Report, Sharing Personal Information with Third Parties