- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Supreme Court yesterday ruled against a California woman whose identity was stolen, closing the door on late lawsuits over credit-reporting problems.
The 9-0 decision, the first of the court's term, strips Adelaide Andrews of the right to sue a former credit-reporting agency for giving out her private information. Her attorney argued that the lawsuit wasn't filed before the two-year statute of limitation because she was unaware of the agency's activities. The case is TRW v. Andrews, 00-1045.
In other action yesterday, the court:
Refused to consider changing Louisiana's law that gives some grandparents court-ordered rights to see their grandchildren. The justices declined to review an appeal from a former oil-rig worker left to raise a 1-year-old daughter when his wife died of a brain tumor. The man argued that his late wife's family was trying to be a parent to his child.
Declined to spell out what school districts must do to accommodate emotionally troubled children. Justices refused to review a case that asked whether Congress intended special help for a student who used drugs and caused problems in his high school.
Refused to reinstate a libel case against the Russian daily newspaper Novoye Russkoye Slovo. Lev Navrozov sued the newspaper after he was the subject of columns published in the paper's opinion section in 1996.
In the stolen-identity case, justices rejected arguments that victims need extra time to sue over damaged credit, but said Congress could reconsider the subject.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said from the bench that Congress imposed a two-year limitation on cases that accuse companies of violating a federal fair-credit-reporting law.
"Courts have no warrant to enlarge the exceptions absent a green light turned on by the legislature," she said.
Miss Andrews' identity was stolen by a receptionist at a doctor's office, her attorneys said.
Miss Andrews sued TRW in 1996 for disclosing her credit reports in 1994 and wrongly including a transaction by the impostor in her credit report.


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