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PCI-DSS 3.0's Focus on the Data Security Practices of Service Providers

Preventing the unauthorized access to and fraudulent use of credit and debit cards has been a high priority of the payment card industry for years. As the threat environment evolves, so too do the applicable data security...more

NY Regulator Cracks Down on Payday Lenders’ Use of Debit Networks

New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) is expanding its efforts to combat illegal payday lending to New York consumers by taking a series of steps to prevent payday lenders from collecting payments through the...more

Canadian Court Certifies Visa/Mastercard Class Action

In reasons publicly released on Thursday March 27, 2014, Chief Justice Bauman certified two classes of Canadian merchants who allege a price-fixing conspiracy related to Visa and MasterCard interchange fees. As the first...more

Visa and MasterCard Endorse HCE

Visa and MasterCard announced in late February plans to support cloud-based mobile payments through a new feature in the Android mobile operating system called Host Card Emulation (HCE). HCE leverages Near Field Communication...more

Visa, MasterCard Announce Payment Security Working Group

On March 7, Visa and Mastercard announced the formation of a cross-industry payment security working group, which the payment system providers state will be focused on “enhancing payment system security to keep pace with the...more

Financial Services Law - Feb 10, 2014

Swipe Fee Settlement Yields More Litigation - Although the parties reached a $7.25 billion class action settlement of the antitrust suit brought by merchants against Visa and MasterCard over swipe fees, the case is far...more

Financial Services Law - Jan 30, 2014

Swipe Fee Settlement Yields More Litigation - Although the parties reached a $7.25 billion class action settlement of the antitrust suit brought by merchants against Visa and MasterCard over swipe fees, the case is far...more

Court Approves $7.25 Billion Settlement of Antitrust Class Action Relating to Visa and MasterCard Interchange Fees

In the face of objections from some of the nation’s largest retailers, a New York federal judge has approved a massive settlement between a putative class of approximately 12 million merchants and Visa, MasterCard, and...more

Visa and MasterCard Win Approval for $5.7 Billion Settlement Ending Years of Litigation

Today Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. won approval for a $5.7 billion settlement that ended years of litigation with United States merchants over allegations that credit card swipe fees are improperly fixed. U.S. District Judge...more

New York Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of “No Credit Card Surcharge” Law

Commenting that “Alice in Wonderland has nothing on” a New York law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases, a New York federal court has entered a preliminary injunction that prohibits the...more

Surcharges and Checkout Fees: Navigating the Mine Field

In November 2012, Visa and MasterCard agreed to alter their credit card surcharging rules as part of a settlement related to the class action case In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation....more

Legal Alert: Georgia Department of Banking and Finance Publishes Proposed Regulations Regarding Chartering of Merchant Acquirer...

On July 31, 2013, the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance published its first set of proposed regulations to implement the Georgia Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Bank Act. The Act, which became effective on March 28,...more

Case Against VISA and MasterCard Dismissed

In a ruling from Ottawa yesterday, Canada’s Competition Tribunal dismissed the case against Visa Canada Corporation and MasterCard International Incorporated (CT-2010-10), without costs, noting that some of the reasons for...more

Lessons from the Automated Electronic Checking Inc. Case

Recent action by the Federal Trade Commission against a third party processor found to be processing transactions for a merchant engaged in wrong-doing, indicates the necessity of processors employing adequate due diligence...more

Previously Banned Fees Charged to Consumers Now Permissible for Visa and MasterCard Transactions

In November 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York preliminarily approved a settlement agreement in the In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation. As a result,...more

European Commission Opens Antitrust Investigation into MasterCard

The Commission initiated an investigation last week into the inter-bank fees charged by MasterCard in relation to payments made by card-holders from non-EEA countries, restrictions placed by MasterCard on retailers attempting...more

Visa/MasterCard Interchange Fee Litigation – May 28, 2013 Deadline to Respond to Class Action Settlement Agreement

All entities that accept Visa- or MasterCard-branded credit and/or debit cards must decide, on or before May 28, 2013, how to respond to the settlement agreement with Visa and MasterCard on behalf of a class covering...more

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