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CHICAGO — Illinois is the latest state to see a wave of federal court lawsuits against retailers and restaurants who plaintiffs say violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by including too much credit card information on receipts. “My clients are people who value their privacy and don’t appreciate being subjected to possible identify theft,” said Daniel Edelman, an attorney in Chicago with Edelman & Combs, Latturner & Goodwin who said he his firm has filed 15 such lawsuits in Illinois and Indiana. Plaintiffs have filed at least 21 cases since April 18 in Northern Illinois U.S. District Court, saying the companies illegally printed receipts with more than five digits of a credit card number or the expiration date. Similar cases have been filed in California and Pennsylvania since the law took effect last December. The plaintiffs are seeking statutory damages as opposed to actual damages, saying that there was “willful” non-compliance with the law because defendants ignored news stories, credit card company notifications and vendor solicitations for upgrading receipt-printing systems, Edelman said. Whether the current “willfulness standard” holds up under U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny during this term could make a big difference in the cases, said Rick Hoffman, an attorney in Chicago with Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon who is representing some of the defendants. Defendants include ATA Airlines and Standard Parking Corp.

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