Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court recognized a right to privacy for the first time in July 1998, in a case where two women who had brought their vacation film to Wal-Mart for processing sued the company and a store employee for showing a nude photograph of the women to others. Lake v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 582 N.W.2d 231 (Minn. 1998).

Intrusion: The court’s decision in Lake allowed the intrusion claim to go forward.

Private Facts: The Lake decision also allowed the private facts claim to go forward.

Misappropriation: The decision in Lake allowed the misappropriation claim to go forward.

There was no misappropriation when private figures who consented to being filmed for a promotional film about a university football team were later shown on a public service announcement that appeared on television. House v. Sports Films & Talents, 351 N.W.2d 684 (Minn. Ct. App. 1984).

False Light:The court in Lake declined to recognize the false light tort, saying the tort was too similar to libel and could chill speech.