Courier-Journal 07-23-2007 (Credit Card)

Courier-Journal 07-23-2007 (Credit Card)

Suits: Taco Bell, KFC receipts give too much info

The Courier-Journal
By Alex Davis

Fast-food chains KFC and Taco Bell failed to comply with a law requiring companies to limit the amount of credit card information they print on customers’ receipts, two lawsuits filed earlier this month claim.

Both chains are part of Louisville-based Yum! Brands Inc. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Yum acknowledged the lawsuits and said it would “vigorously defend against all claims” in both cases.

The suit against KFC Corp. was filed July 11 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. It claims that Melissa Peraria, a resident of Shamong, N.J., made a purchase in May at a local KFC and the restaurant illegally printed the expiration date of her credit card on the receipt.
The lawsuit alleges that a skilled hacker could use the expiration date, along with the last four digits of a credit card number, to engage in fraud or identity theft.

Citing a congressional act called the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, the lawsuit claims retailers may not print more than the last five digits of a person’s account number, or the card’s expiration date, on a receipt. The law was passed in 2003, but most retailers had until Dec. 2006 to comply.

Lawsuits tell only one side of a story.

Officials at Yum Brands did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

The lawsuit involving Taco Bell was filed July 5 in federal court in Illinois. The plaintiff, Doran Phillips, alleges that a Taco Bell restaurant in Chicago printed the expiration date on Phillips’ credit card on a receipt after a June 12 purchase.

Attorneys in both cases are seeking class action status, with damages of up to $1,000 for each affected customer on top of expenses and attorney fees.

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