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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

Visa, Pew Develop Voluntary Prepaid Card Standards

On June 3, Visa announced that it teamed with Pew Charitable Trusts to develop voluntary prepaid card standards and a designation for cards that meet those standards. To qualify for the designation...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

Visa Loses Motion to Dismiss in Genesco Case - Are the Days for PCI Assessments Numbered?

In a highly anticipated decision, a federal court in Tennessee let stand a retailer’s claims against Visa for violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and for common law claims for unjust enrichment and...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

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - June 2013

Competition and Innovation: Application of European Competition Law to a Rival’s Demand for Access to a Competitor’s Data - The Internet has given rise to information-based businesses that create value by accumulating...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

Visa Revises Rules to Permit Discounts on Proprietary, Co-Brand Cards to Foster Its Partnership with Chase

We understand that Visa recently revised its rules to permit US issuers and merchants to offer immediate discounts at the point of sale to encourage and reward the use of different types of Visa cards. Visa’s prior rule...more

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