Kooper's Tavern sued by Baltimore County man

The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore County man sued Fells Point's Kooper's Tavern last week over a federal law designed to prevent identity theft.

Ronald L. Bradley, of Baltimore County, accuses the Fells Point bar with violating the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act in a lawsuit filed in Baltimore's U.S. District Court last Wednesday, September 21.

One of the provisions of the law, which came into effect in 2008, requires businesses to abstain from printing more than five digits of a customer's credit card and the card's expiration date in sales receipts.

In the lawsuit, Bradley charges that Kooper's printed the expiration date of his credit card on sales receipts from October 30, 2010 and June 6, 2011.

Kooper's, the lawsuit reads, "willfully violated this law and failed to protect [Bradley] against identity theft and credit card and debit card fraud by continuing to print the credit card expiration on receipts provided to debit card and credit cardholders transacting business with [Kooper's.]"

Bradley seeks statutory and punitive damages as well as attorneys' fees.

Kooper's owner, Patrick Russell, and the bar's director of operations, Bill Irvin, could not be reached for comment.

Update: Russell declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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