Court: Lawyer can't sue gov't over receipt mistake

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Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a lawyer cannot combine two laws to sue the federal government for violating identity theft protection laws banning the printing of credit card numbers and expiration dates on receipts.

The high court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that lawyer James X. Bormes cannot sue the United States using a combination of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Little Tucker Act.

Bormes' receipt from the government's www.pay.gov website showed four digits of his credit card number and the expiration date in violation of the FCRA. Bormes argued the immunity-waiving provisions of the Little Tucker Act in combination with the FCRA allow him to sue.

But Justice Antonin Scalia says Bormes cannot "mix and match FCRA's provisions with the Little Tucker Act's immunity waiver" to sue the government.

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