A federal class action lawsuit filed Monday claims Southwest Airlines violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act by printing the expiration date of customers’ credit and debit cards on receipts.
Lead Plaintiff Robert Miller alleges in the Southwest Airlines class action lawsuit that he believes the airline has been violating FACTA since at least October 2007. Miller first noticed the violation this October when he used a credit/debit card to purchase a ticket from Southwest and saw his card’s expiration date on the receipt.
FACTA prohibits merchants from printing more than the last 5 digits of the card number or the expiration date on any electronically printed sales receipts. Violating FACTA carries a penalty of between $100 and $1,000 per violation.
The Southwest Airlines FACTA class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all U.S. persons who, within the past five years, were provided an electronically printed receipt at the point of sale or transaction with Southwest Airlines on which the expiration date of their credit or debit card was printed.
The Southwest Airlines FACTA Class Action Lawsuit case is Miller v. Southwest Airlines Co., Case No. 12-cv-05978, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
The plaintiffs are represented by Colin H. Murray of Baker & McKenzie LLP.
UPDATE 1: A federal judge granted preliminary approval to a $1.8 million class action settlement in this case on October 18, 2013.
UPDATE 2: Details on how how to file a claim for the Southwest FACTA Class Action Settlement can be found here.
UPDATE 3: A federal judge gave final approval to the Southwest Airlines FACTA class action settlement on March 21, 2014.
UPDATE 4: Class action settlement money was distributed to Class Members in mid-April 2014.
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