Wednesday , September 19, 2018

Law and Regulation

The New Administration Brings Uncertainty But Also Optimism, Payments Experts Say

By John Stewart@DTPaymentNews The new Trump administration injects much uncertainty into U.S. business, with payments being no exception, but a panel of experts on Thursday said the net result should be positive for at least the acquiring side of the market. “If Hillary Clinton had won, we would have been …

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The CFPB Orders Mastercard, UniRush To Pay $13 Million for 2015’s RushCard Glitch

By Jim Daly@DTPaymentNews The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday announced a consent order that requires Mastercard Inc. and UniRush LLC, program manager of the prepaid RushCard, to pay $10 million in restitution to cardholders and a $3 million civil fine as a result of an October 2015 processing glitch …

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TSYS in FTC Settlement Talks Over NetSpend and other Digital Transactions News briefs

• Total System Services Inc. (TSYS) reported that it is talking with the Federal Trade Commission to settle the FTC’s November lawsuit accusing TSYS’s NetSpend prepaid card unit of deceptively marketing reloadable prepaid cards. TSYS took a $13 million charge in the fourth quarter in connection with the settlement talks. • Newtek …

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Western Union Will Pay $586 Million to Settle Feds’ Claims of Lax Anti-Fraud Controls

The Western Union Co. will pay $586 million to the federal government to reimburse consumers victimized by fraud as a result of the company’s allegedly lax supervision of agents and anti-fraud and money-laundering controls. The settlements announced Thursday are a result of investigations that covered payments involving the smuggling of …

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Opinions Vary Greatly About the OCC’s Proposed Fintech Bank Charter

The Electronic Transactions Association went on record Tuesday supporting the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s proposed limited-purpose national bank charter for financial technology companies, but a national trade group of small banks “expressed strong concerns” about the idea. The opinions expressed by the ETA and the Independent Community …

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Supreme Court To Hear Free-Speech Argument Against New York’s Surcharge Ban

By Jim Daly@DTPaymentNews For the second time in less than two months, a major payments case is coming before the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, lawyers for merchants and the state of New York will argue before the eight justices over whether the state’s ban on credit card surcharges constitutes illegal …

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A U.S. Court Upholds a Claim Against the CFPB’s Operation Choke Point Efforts

In a rare move against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal court has upheld a counterclaim against the agency filed by a company that provides mortgage-payment services through the automated clearing house network. The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California ruled on Dec. 13 that Nationwide …

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Canada, Too, Looks To Make Its Payments System Faster And More Efficient

Payments Canada, operator of three major payment systems in that country, issued a five-point plan Thursday to put Canada on a path toward faster and more efficient electronic payments. The plan has many similarities with efforts by Canada’s southern neighbor to modernize payments, but also some differences, according to a …

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The Feds Plan To Create a National Bank Charter for Fintech Companies

The U.S. Treasury Dept.’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates national banks, plans to create a special-purpose national bank charter for financial technology companies, a booming field in which payments firms play prominent roles. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry divulged the planned charter during a speech Friday at …

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