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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
Van Zee v. Hanson
Citation:630 F.3d 1126 (8th Cir. 2011)
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Plaintiff enlisted in the Army. Plaintiff’s Army recruiter told him that he needed to undergo a background check. Plaintiff informed the recruiter that he had a juvenile record and signed a release form for his probation-officer and court records. Defendant (a court clerk) disclosed Plaintiff’s juvenile court records to the Army recruiter. The recruiter subsequently cancelled Plaintiff’s enlistment. Plaintiff sued Defendant under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming a violation of his constitutional right to privacy under the Fourteenth Amendment. During the proceedings, the district court requested copies of Plaintiff’s release forms. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, on the ground that her actions did not violate Plaintiff’s constitutional right to privacy because Plaintiff had executed the release forms. The district court granted the motion. Plaintiff appealed, arguing that Defendant’s motion was transformed into a motion for summary judgment which permitted a reply from Plaintiff under FRCP Rule 12(d) because the pleadings in district court did not include the release forms on which the court relied .
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