Two law firms have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of customers of a private operator of Registered Traveler services that suddenly shut down on June 22.
Registered Traveler offers enrolled travelers who provide biographic information and fingerprints, undergo a prescreening and pay a fee to receive expedited security services at airports. It was co-sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration from 2005 to 2008, and the TSA continues to set requirements for the program.
The lawsuit claims that by ceasing operations and not offering refunds, Verified Identity Pass is guilty of fraud, breach of contract and negligence. The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Stephen Perkins of Indianapolis, Ind..
“In the weeks leading up to Verified Identity Pass’s shut down, it continued to both sell and renew extended Clear program memberships to consumers and businesses – monies that Verified Identity Pass now refuses to return,” said Todd Schneider, attorney with Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP, of San Francisco, which is one of the two firms that filed the lawsuit.