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Lead Story

The changing face of fraud

Ann Train


Industry Update

Advocates, detractors at odds over CFPB

IBM, Visa tackle IoT security

OCC enters uncharted fintech waters


Consumers trust bank security, regulators not so much

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Focus to leave uptightness behind

Steven Feldshuh
Merchants' Choice Payment Solutions East


Street SmartsSM:
The Wolf of Sterling Heights, Michigan?

John Tucker
1st Capital Loans LLC

Small businesses: The most valuable B2B customer

O.B. Rawls IV
iPayment Inc.

The give and take of referral success

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Reset, revive your 2017 sales goals

Mike Ackerman
DigiPay Solutions Inc.

Company Profile

Billing Tree Inc

New Products

Versatile iPad POS, business management system

Revel Systems Inc.

Cloud-based payment automation for B2B merchants



Apathy, be gone!


Letter From the Editors

Readers Speak

Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

March 13, 2017  •  Issue 17:03:01

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Readers Speak

The disappearing $2+ billion settlement

How come there's been no mention lately of the huge settlement with Visa and Mastercard that was in the billions of dollars? Were merchants ever paid?

Will Dunlea, Merchant Level Salesperson


Settlement of the lawsuit over interchange fees and card brand rules filed by 12 million retailers against Visa, Mastercard and their issuing banks unraveled in June 2016, when a three-judge panel in New York's 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared the 2013 settlement null and void. In a unanimous decision, they assailed plaintiffs' attorneys for being overpaid and underincented due to conflicts of interest that prohibited them from effectively representing clients.

The judges took issue with the fact that retailers who would take Visa and Mastercard cards in the future shared counsel with retailers who had accepted those cards in the past. The court thus found the deal was unfair to at least some of the merchants accepting the cards in the future.

"This is not a settlement; it is a confiscation," Judge Leval said during the June hearing. "No merchants operating from Nov. 28, 2012, until the end of time will ever be allowed to sue the defendants, either for damages or for an injunction, complaining of any conduct (other than that enjoined) that could have been alleged in the present suit."

We have heard nothing about the case since this ruling but will continue to report on it as new developments come to our attention. Thank you for your question.


Feedback always welcome

We wish to thank Michael Petitti, Senior Vice President of Global Alliances at Trustwave Holdings Inc., for the following note:

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