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- Durbin Amendment Isn’t Helping Retailers Much, Study FindsWhen Congress passed the Durbin Amendment back in 2010, their intent was to lower retailers’ interchange fees from accepting debit cards. But a new survey by the Richmond Fed found that, since the rule took effect in 2011, debit acceptance costs for sales $10 or less have actually increased.
- Wal-Mart Accuses Visa, Banks of Colluding over Interchange FeesWal-Mart is suing Visa for $5 billion for allegedly colluding with some of the largest U.S. banks to fix interchange fees for retailers. The suit claims that banks have agreed to not compete with each other for merchant acceptance.
- Strike Back: Appeals Court Overturns Interchange Fee RulingBanks scored a big win last week as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge’s ruling last summer, which had struck down the Federal Reserve’s cap on debit interchange fees. The appeals court’s said the Fed reasonably interpreted the law, doing its best to overcome the “ambiguity” of the Durbin Amendment.
- Retailers Appeal $5.7 Billion Interchange SettlementThe National Retail Federation is appealing the $5.7 billion settlement with Visa and MasterCard over interchange, which District Judge John Gleeson approved in December. The retail trade group is concerned that the ruling will do nothing to prevent hikes on interchange fees in the future.
- December 2013 Payments NewsletterThis month, we received the ruling on Visa’s and MasterCard’s multibillion dollar settlement over interchange. While the settlement was approved, many retailers are still opposed to it and plan to appeal. Also this month, we review a recent Senate hearing on bitcoin and virtual currencies, which Payments attended.