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Remsburg v. Docusearch, Inc.
New Hampshire Supreme Court
149 N.H. 148 (2003)
A stalker shot and killed Amy Boyer as she left work, after Docusearch, Inc. (defendant), an internet-based investigation and information service, gave the stalker her birth date, Social Security number, and home and work addresses. Police investigation revealed that the stalker maintained a website that discussed stalking and killing Boyer and other violence. The stalker ordered information about Boyer on some eight separate occasions over a three-month period and provided his name, address, phone number, and credit-card data. Docusearch nonetheless provided the information requested. In the ensuing lawsuit against Docusearch, the presiding federal court asked the New Hampshire Supreme Court to determine whether a private investigator or information broker who sells personal information about a third person owes a cognizable duty to that person under state law.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Dalianis, J.)
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