Mario’s Butcher Shop settlement could impact Austin residents

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Some former customers of Mario’s Butcher Shop might be surprised to learn they could be part of a class-action lawsuit.

Kim Miller-Huggins filed a lawsuit June 23, 2009, against Mario’s Butcher Shop, 5817 W. Madison St., alleging the shop wrote down the expiration date of her credit card on her receipt, in violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.

Mario’s settled the case without going to trial. Anyone who used their credit or debit card while making purchases at Mario’s between June 3, 2008, and March 31, 2010, can receive $15 credit toward purchases of $50 or more.

To receive a voucher, a claim form must be completed and mailed or e-mailed to First Class Inc. by this Friday, Oct. 29. The forms are available at Mario’s Butcher Store or online. For those who fill out the form, that means they’re notifying the court they want to be part of the class-action lawsuit.

Another option would be to exclude yourself, or opt out, by notifying Attorney James X. Bormes.

A fairness hearing will be held Nov. 23 at 219 S. Dearborn St. (Room 1944D) to determine whether the court will approve the terms of the settlement. If the court agrees, Mario’s will send the one-time vouchers 14 days after the case is finalized.

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