A California law that prohibits retailers from collecting personal information from consumers as a prerequisite to completing a credit card payment does not apply to online transactions, according to a ruling by the San Francisco Superior Court.  The court, in Gonor v. Craigslist, Inc., dismissed a lawsuit brought against Craigslist under the Song-Beverly Act Credit Card Act of 1971, on the grounds that the statute “on its face does not apply to online transactions.”  This marks the first time a state court has ruled on the application of California’s Song-Beverly Act to online sales, and represents an important and positive ruling for internet retailers.  A federal district court earlier reached the same conclusion in Saulic v. Symantec Corporation, as we previously reported.