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Supreme Court Rules Against Credit Card Suit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 14, 2012

Reuters reports on a Supreme Court ruling that “customers who receive receipts from the federal government that contain confidential credit card information may not be able to sue for damages.” The unanimous decision means the government will not lose its immunity in lawsuits seeking damages under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The case stems from a Chicago lawyer's credit card transaction for a federal court filing fee, the receipts for which allegedly contained his credit card’s expiration date. The suit claimed the government violated FCRA provisions protecting credit card users from identity theft.
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