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Retailers Sued Over Receipts

Posted Jul 3, 2007 8:16 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Florida law firm has filed several lawsuits against Florida businesses claiming they are illegally revealing credit and debit card numbers on customer receipts.

Cibran Eljaiek & Lopez in Miami has sued several retailers, including Hooters, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and The Sports Authority, according to the Daily Business Review. Name partner Anthony Lopez says the suits are aimed at protecting consumers from identity theft.

The federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act permits businesses to print only the cards’ last five digits. A Florida law has similar provisions. The federal law provides for $1,000 in damages per violation, plus punitive damages for willful violations.

The Hooters suit has been removed to U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale.

Richard Simeone, in-house counsel for Hooters, told the newspaper the lawsuit is “ludicrous” and said there had been no harm to consumers.

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