Supreme Court Hears Case Against Government for Credit Card Violation
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments that question whether the federal government can be held liable for money damages for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The case, United States vs. Bormes, originated when a lawyer, James Bormes, paid an online filing fee on a government website and his receipt displayed his credit card number and expiration date. This is a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Bormes originally filed a class action suit in an Illinois district court, seeking punitive and statutory damages, but the case was dismissed. But Bormes appealed to the Federal Circuit which found in Bormes’ favor.
The government argues that Congress did not stipulate that people can sue the government for these types of violations.