Anne Marie Rasmusson will receive at least $665,000 to settle invasion of privacy lawsuit
Rasmusson will receive a nice haul for having her private data unlawfully accessed hundreds of times.
Anne Marie Rasmusson -- the subject of our February cover story, "Is This Woman Too Hot to Have a Driver's License?" -- will receive at least $665,000 to settle the invasion of privacy lawsuit she filed against the agencies, individual officers, and governing bodies that unlawfully accessed her personal Driver and Vehicle Services database information.
That number could still grow -- Rasmusson hasn't yet settled claims she made against the city of Minneapolis and the state.
The St. Paul City Council has tentatively agreed to a $385,000 payout, subject to official approval later today. Via the Pioneer Press, here are some details:
In the proposed agreement, the city denies the invasion-of-privacy allegations and any liability for the claims made by Rasmusson.
Nevertheless, the settlement seeks "to avoid the uncertainties and costs associated with continued litigation of this matter."
"The city's liability could have been upwards of $565,000 because the statute provides $2,500 to be assessed per each unlawful look-up of the database, and we had 226 look-ups," said City Attorney Sara Grewing. "So we were looking at $565,000 plus attorney's fees, if we were found liable."
The settlement also calls for the city to remove her name, picture, address and any other personal information from the city and police department's internal directory and website.
Rasmusson, her attorney and the city attorney's office have agreed to the settlement.
Rasmusson and her attorney separately agreed to a $280,000 settlement with all other cities named in the lawsuit other than Minneapolis. A settlement conference between Rasmusson and the city of Minneapolis is scheduled for October 25, the Star Tribune reports.
Rasmusson's lawyers have declined to comment until the settlements are finalized, but it looks like Anne Marie will receive the equivalent of many years of salary in exchange for the mental and emotional anguish associated with having her personal information unlawfully accessed.
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