$1.2 Million Settlement Reached in Microsoft Receipt Class Action

Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel

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A proposed $1.2 million settlement has been reached between the parties in the Microsoft Corp. consumer receipt class action and submitted to U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga for approval. The settlement comes after months of mediation and a failed attempt by Microsoft to have the suit dismissed in July 2016.

 Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that receipts printed at Microsoft’s 97 brick and mortar stores in the United States display too many digits of customers’ credit card numbers on store receipts. Named plaintiff, Carlos Guarisma, claims that Microsoft’s receipt violations put customers at serious risk for identity theft, as the receipts show the first six and the last four digits of the credit cards used in addition to the customers’ full names. In his complaint, originally filed on November 20, 2015 in Florida federal court, Guarisma claims that the defendant tech corporation violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.

The settlement provides class members who submit valid claims to collect up to $100 in damages in exchange for their agreement to never file any additional claims against the company for actions stemming from receipt violations. In addition, the settlement calls for Microsoft to remedy the receipt issues in all 97 of its U.S. stores and nine non-U.S. stores. Guarisma also has said that he intends to apply for an incentive award of a maximum amount of $10,000. Further, Guarisma also requests that his counsel be appointed class counsel. Plaintiff’s counsel has expressed that if appointed, they intend to petition the court for an award of attorney's fees not to exceed one-third of the maximum settlement amount.

The Case is: Carlos Guarisma v. Microsoft Corp., Case No.: 1:15-cv-24326, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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