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Supreme Court: Can government be sued over credit card info?

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is questioning whether the federal government can be sued for violating federal credit card laws that ban the printing of credit card numbers and expiration dates on receipts.

Several justices questioned whether Congress ever meant to let lawyers circumvent U.S. sovereign immunity for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Lawyer James X. Bormes sued the government for printing part of his credit card number and the expiration date on a receipt. Federal law prohibits credit card receipts from having both.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit says his class-action lawsuit can move forward, despite government arguments that Congress never specifically said people can sue the government for those type of violations.

Justices are expected to rule sometime next year.