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Court Upholds Dismissal of Joe the Plumber's Suit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 28, 2012

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss Samuel J. Wurzelbacher's lawsuit against Ohio state officials, saying that Wurzelbacher, who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 presidential campaign, failed to show "a sufficient adverse action" and that his First Amendment rights were not violated, the Associated Press reports. A federal court in Ohio dismissed the suit in August 2010, saying Wurzelbacher's claims that state employees' violated his privacy by conducting database checks on him without a legitimate purpose did not amount to constitutional violations.
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