Shell wins suit over credit card numbers on receipts

Plaintiffs did not argue injury in the case that could have cost Shell $1 billion

The 7th Circuit has ruled in favor of Royal Dutch Shell Plc in a suit over what’s included on customers’ receipts.

In the case, plaintiffs claimed that Shell violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) when it printed the middle four digits of customers’ credit card numbers on receipts. The law, which was enacted in 2003 to help prevent identity theft, allows companies to include as many as the last five digits of a credit card number on receipts. Plaintiffs did not argue that their risk of identity theft was higher due to Shell’s practice.


Cathleen Flahardy

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