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Amusement Park Giant Settles Receipt Concerns

PITTSBURGH (CN) - To settle customer claims that it printed receipts with too much credit card information, Palace Entertainment Holdings will give away 60,000 free-admission tickets for its amusement parks.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster gave preliminary approval to the settlement on Tuesday. The deal also requires Palace to comply fully with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, which fights identity theft by prohibiting companies from printing receipts that display customers' credit card expiration dates.

A class action filed in August accused Palace of doing just that, with named plaintiff Jeff Hanlon claiming he received an illegal receipt at the Idlewild & Soak Zone outside Pittsburgh, one of 40 parks owned by the California-based company.

Under the settlement, Palace does not admit any wrongdoing, but will provide tickets to customers who allegedly received the receipts at 15 of its parks.

The parties agree that the alleged violations didn't result in any monetary injury to class members, according to the 17-page opinion.

In the event that Palace receives fewer than 60,000 claims, it will distribute the remaining free-admission tickets to its customers or to children's charities.

Lancaster said the settlement appears fair and that he'll consider granting final approval after a March 30 hearing in Pittsburgh.

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