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TJX Companies, Inc. v. Superior Court (Caldwell), G038807 & G039040

In a review of lower court rulings of a pending class action based on alleged violations of a statute prohibiting businesses from requiring credit cards users to provide certain personal identification information, the court of appeals rules that: 1) because the statute imposes a "penalty", it is subject to the one-year statute of limitations of Code of Civil Procedure section 340; and 2) based on the plain meaning of the statutory language, the statute does not apply to merchandise returns.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/22/2008
  • Published 05/22/2008



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Cooley Godward Kronish, Michelle C. Doolin, Lori R.E. Ploeger and Leo P. Norton, San Diego, for Petitioners., Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, Shon Morgan, Stan Karas, Daniel H. Bromberg and Billie Salinas, San Francisco, for The Home Depot, Inc. as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners., Call, Jensen & Ferrell, Matt R. Orr and Ward J. Lott, Newport Beach, for Wilsons the Leather Experts, Inc, Wilsons Leather Direct, Inc., and Wilsons Leather Holdings Inc. as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners., Timothy L. Joens & Associates, Timothy L. Joens, Irvine;  Del Tondo & Thomas, Douglas J. Del Tondo, Irvine, Bryan M. Thomas, Tustin;  Kirk & Toberty and J. Douglas Kirk, Irvine, for Real Party in Interest., Lindsay & Stonebarger, Gene J. Stonebarger, James M. Lindsay, Folsom;  Harrison Patterson & O'Connor, James R. Patterson and Harry W. Harrison for Ron Andonia as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent.
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