Beginning Next Week: InsideCounsel will become part of Corporate Counsel. Bringing these two industry-leading websites together will now give you comprehensive coverage of the full spectrum of issues affecting today's General Counsel at companies of all sizes. You will continue to receive expert analysis on key issues including corporate litigation, labor developments, tech initiatives and intellectual property, as well as Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) professional development content. Plus we'll be serving all ALM legal publications from one interconnected platform, powered by Law.com, giving you easy access to additional relevant content from other InsideCounsel sister publications.

To prevent a disruption in service, you will be automatically redirected to the new site next week. Thank you for being a valued InsideCounsel reader!

X

More On

Visa/MasterCard credit card fee settlement on expedited schedule for approval

Objectors have less time than anticipated to file written complaints

Those who oppose the largest antitrust settlement in history are going to have to get their objections out quicker than expected, now that a federal judge has put the deal on an expedited schedule.

The settlement in question is a $7.25 billion agreement between merchants and credit card companies Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. to resolve allegations that the companies fixed credit and debit card fees. Interchange fees, or “swipe fees,” as they are known, are costs charged to retailers whenever a customer uses a card to pay for something.

Several prominent retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the National Retail Federation, have already voiced their opposition to the settlement, largely because it provides only a temporary reduction in swipe fees and allows the companies to raise them again in the future.

A magistrate judge originally led parties to believe that they would have until mid-November to file written objections to the settlement, but now U.S. District Judge John Gleeson has moved the deadline up to Oct. 31, and scheduled a hearing for Nov. 9.

On Wednesday, Gleeson said that the settlement "at first blush… appears to satisfy the threshold requirements for preliminary approval," but noted that objections "deserve, and will get, careful consideration by the court."

Read more at Thomson Reuters and Credit Union Times.

 

For more InsideCounsel coverage of the swipe fee suit and settlement, see below:

Visa/MasterCard credit card fee settlement with retailers moves forward

Wal-Mart disapproves of $7.25 billion credit card fee settlement

Visa, MasterCard and banks agree to $7.25 billion settlement over credit card price fixing allegations

Merchants say card companies’ liable for more than $10 billion in damages

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.