Class-action status denied in credit card ID theft suits

Class-action status denied in credit card ID theft suits

LOS ANGELES —Two federal judges here have denied class-action status in four lawsuits arguing that restaurant companies exposed their customers to identity theft when they allegedly illegally printed credit card numbers or expiration dates on sales receipts.

Although appeals are expected and the cases will continue nonetheless, the judges’ decision was welcomed by such operators as Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, In-N-

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