Valmonte v. Bane
18 F.3d 992 (2d Cir. 1994)

In a major expansion of the right to reputation, the court held that the operation of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services' State Central Register was unconstitutional. The Register is a list of all parents suspected of abusing or neglecting their children, and any person whose name is on the list is effectively banned from working with children. The court found the system to be unacceptable due to the low level of evidence required to place a name on the register and the lack of a hearing. The decision has been followed in other states.