Saturday , March 23, 2019

Credit Cards

Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Argue Kendall Won’t Sink Their Interchange Cases

The lead attorney in a recently filed small-business class action against Visa, MasterCard, and a number of their member banks over interchange is optimistic his lawsuit will succeed even though a suit by some California small businesses challenging interchange on antitrust grounds was dismissed this week. In separate statements, Visa …

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AmEx: So Far So Good with MBNA, Though It’s Still Early in BofA Deal

American Express Co. has so far seen no change in its relationship with MBNA Corp., which last year began issuing cards on AmEx's network in the U.S. but is now in the process of being acquired by Bank of America Corp. in a $35 billion deal that was announced late …

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iPayment Board Rejects $38-Per-Share Offer from CEO As Undervalued

An offer from Gregory S. Daily, chief executive of Nashville, Tenn.-based processor iPayment Inc., to buy the company has been rejected by the company as too low. A special committee of iPayment's board of directors announced Friday that Daily's offer to buy all outstanding stock for $38 per share, which …

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Iron Triangle’s Wimsett Succeeds Higgins at Retriever

Retriever Payment Systems Inc., a Houston-based independent sales organization, announced today its longtime president and chief executive, William H. Higgins, is stepping down and will be replaced by Thomas A. Wimsett, chief executive of Iron Triangle Payment Systems. Iron Triangle, Louisville, Ky., acquired Retriever earlier this year. Higgins will remain …

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MasterCard, Banks May Not Be off Hook in Latest Interchange Case

Though they are not named as defendants in the antitrust case filed today by Kroger Co. and six other retail chains against Visa International and Visa U.S.A., MasterCard International and individual member banks of both bank card networks could find themselves named in separate actions later, according to one of …

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Visa Chief, Top Merchant Official Could Meet As Early As September

The new chief executive of Visa U.S.A. could meet with a top official of the National Retail Federation and the Merchants Payments Coalition as early as September to discuss interchange and other issues, according to a spokesman for both merchant organizations. John Philip Coghlan, the former Charles Schwab & Co. …

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Former Schwab Exec Succeeds Long-Time Visa Chief Pascarella

Visa U.S.A. today named John Philip Coghlan, 54, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. The former Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. executive succeeds long-time Visa chief Carl F. Pascarella, who announced last summer his intention to step down by September (Digital Transactions News, July 16, 2004). …

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Merchants Misunderstand How Interchange Works, Former Visa Exec Says

Merchant complaints about credit card interchange pricing, which culminated last week in a class-action antitrust suit against the bank card associations and major banks, rest on a fundamental misunderstanding of how the interchange mechanism works, says a former Visa U.S.A. executive and payments-industry expert. The pricing system, indeed, allows for …

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AmEx And MasterCard Could Be Losers in BofA-MBNA Deal

Bank of America Corp.'s planned acquisition of MBNA Corp. and its 40 million active credit card accounts has payment industry executives pondering the fate of American Express Co.'s ambitious efforts to jointly issue credit cards with banks. The $35 billion deal, announced this morning and expected to close in the …

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Samid: More Major Data Hacks Could Happen Without Legislation

The huge theft of card data at processor CardSystems Solutions Inc., revealed last week by MasterCard International, has prompted litigation and drawn the attention of most of the state attorneys general, but at least one network-security expert cautions that more such incidents are likely. Indeed, he says, little is likely …

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