Free Rides Offered to Class Complainants

     ST. LOUIS (CN) – Metro, St. Louis’ main transit agency, has offered free rides to settle a class action that claims it violated a federal law to prevent identity theft.
     A preliminary settlement agreement was filed in Federal Court.
     The class claimed Metro violated the Fair and Accurate Transactions Act when its vending machines printed receipts that showed the last four digits of customers’ credit card numbers, between Jan. 21, 2010 and Aug. 16, 2011.
     FACTA, passed in 2003, requires merchants to limit credit card information on printed receipts. Up to the last five digits of a credit card or its expiration date may be printed, but not both.
     In the settlement offer, Metro offered passengers who still have a credit card receipt either $30 in cash, a monthly pass worth $72, or two MetroLink 10-ride passes with a face value of $60.
     For passengers who furnish a statement that they used a credit or debit card during the class period, Metro offers three round-trip tickets worth $13.50 total.
     Passengers who do not have proof of payment but bought a ticket during the class period with a credit or debit card would be asked to sign a form, under penalty of perjury, stating they bought a ticket, and would get a free ticket for one ride, worth $2.25.
     Metro denies any wrongdoing in the settlement.
     No passengers are known to have suffered identity theft as a result of the receipts, according to the settlement.
     U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig will decide whether to approve the settlement after a hearing on July 29.

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