Nebraska District Court holds Motel Guest Registries are governed by the third-party doctrine and remain unaffected by Carpenter.

In this 42 USC 1983 lawsuit, the plaintiff is suing law enforcement and a motel for law enforcement’s investigation of him and a practice of investigating motel guests. One of the claims was that part of that investigation was asking the motel to look at the motel’s guest registry. This claim was dismissed, as the District Court found that this allegation fell squarely within the third-party doctrine which the Court found to be unaffected in light of Carpenter v. United States.

The case is Charron v. City of N. Platte, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186070, 2018 WL 5634357 (D. Neb.) October 31, 2018.

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