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Lead Story

2015 in review

Patti Murphy


Industry Update

Target to pay $39 million to MasterCard issuers

FTC kills telemarketers' remotely created payments

Mobile tech drives global holiday spend

Black Friday lives on amid expanding alternatives


Redesigning financial services for Millennials: A conversation with Max Levchin, co-founder and CEO of Affirm

U.S. EMV - outside looking in

China on mobile fast track


Tools of the tradeoff

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

Will new payment schemes bump card brands aside?

Ken Musante
Eureka Payments LLC


Street SmartsSM:
What does the crystal ball say for 2016? - Part 1

Jeffrey I. Shavitz
TrafficJamming LLC

EMV liability shift: Who's liable for what - and when?

Allen Friedman
Ingenico Group

Now more than ever, managing e-commerce risk matters

Kirsty Tull

Company Profile

Benseron Information Technologies Inc.

New Products

All-in-one Android POS for small business

Sircle POS
Sircle POS

Versatile mPOS solution for all

Infinite Peripherals Inc.


Realize your potential


Readers Speak

Letter from the editors

Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

December 28, 2015  •  Issue 15:12:02

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Target to pay $39 million to MasterCard issuers

Target Corp. reached an agreement with MasterCard Worldwide issuers on Dec. 2, 2015: the Minneapolis-based retailer will award as much as $39 million to U.S. MasterCard-issuing banks adversely affected by the massive data breach Target experienced in December 2013. This exceeds a previous offer of $19 million to MasterCard issuers disclosed in April 2015. Eligible issuers had until May 20, 2015 to respond to individual settlement offers.

A group of small banks opposing the initial settlement included Mutual Bank in Whitman, Mass.; Village Bank in St. Francis, Minn.; CSE Federal Credit Union in Lake Charles, La.; First Federal Savings of Lorain in Lorain, Ohio; and Umpqua Bank in Roseburg, Ore. Litigants claimed the offer insufficiently addressed expenses related to the breach that hit Target at the height of the 2013 holiday period.

Plaintiffs further noted that small financial institutions lack the infrastructure and economies of scale to absorb expenses related to data breaches. These costs can include payment card reissuance, help desk services and up to a year of free credit monitoring for potentially affected account holders.

Retailers, consumers foot the bill

Settlement terms, which call for Target to pay up to $20.25 million in damages to affected banks and credit unions and up to $19.11 million in reimbursement to banks and credit unions, are subject to approval pending a May 10, 2016, final hearing in Minnesota District Court.

Presiding Judge Paul A. Magnuson has ruled in other cases brought against Target by consumers, U.S. card issuing banks and credit unions in response to the 2013 data breach. Magnuson's approval of punitive actions against the retailer reflect Minnesota's policy of punishing companies that fail to secure consumers' credit and debit card information. The case sets a new precedent for retailer liability, analysts said.

"An estimated [annual, global] cost of $1.8 billion in fraudulent credit card transactions is a heavy burden for the retail market to bear," said James Harris of Volumatic, a U.K.-based cash-handling equipment manufacturer. "If retailers' estimates of online sales growth are correct, from an average of 6 percent of total sales to a figure of 15 percent in North America, then this cost to retailers (which is ultimately borne by consumers) is going to grow exponentially."

More settlements, store closures

In a separate August 2015 settlement, Target agreed to pay up to $67 million to Visa Inc. issuers. A Target spokeswoman said the company has paid approximately $290 million in damages resulting from the data breach. She added that the breach may have compromised as many as 40 million credit and debit card accounts, impacting up to 110 million consumers.

Consumers who participated in a class action lawsuit and provided documented proof that their accounts had been compromised will be among the first to receive their settlements. Remaining settlement funds will be evenly disbursed among participating members who did not submit proof of damages.

In November 2015, Target stated it plans to close 13 stores in 11 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

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