Thursday , April 19, 2018

Law and Regulation

Fed’s Final Durbin Rule Chops Interchange by More Than 40%, Extends Compliance Deadline

  n The 5 basis points added by the Fed to the 21-cent cap is intended to capture some of the fraud losses issuers sustain, the central bank said in a staff memo released on Wednesday summarizing the final rule. The final rule also allows, on an interim basis, a …

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Regulators Update Online-Authentication Guidance, But What About Mobile?

  Federal banking regulators on Tuesday updated their 2005 guidance about authentication for Internet banking. Officially a supplement to the original guidance, the new document addresses social media, malware, and other security issues that have cropped up in recent years. It also allows financial institutions about seven months to comply. …

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Congress Again Considers Legalizing Online Gambling

  n U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, is drafting legislation that would legalize Internet poker, a spokesperson tells Digital Transactions News. “This is a poker-only bill,” the spokesperson says. “He [Barton] looks at poker as a game of skill, not a game of chance, and that’s why it should be …

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Visa Offered 35% Interchange Cut for Small Merchants on Eve of Tester-Corker Vote

  n That’s the gist of a June 8 letter purportedly from Visa Inc. chairman and chief executive Joseph W. Saunders to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., a copy of which was obtained by Digital Transactions News. On June 8, an amendment to delay Durbin’s provisions for further study …

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DoJ Should Have Pushed Harder on Steering Settlements, Some Merchants Say

The U.S. Department of Justice filed court documents Tuesday that move toward completion its challenge of Visa and MasterCard network rules limiting merchants’ ability to steer customer payments toward their preferred forms. Tuesday’s action is largely procedural as Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. announced settlements when the DoJ and seven …

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An Amendment To Delay the Durbin Amendment Comes Up Short

Defenders of the debit card interchange status quo saw their last, best hope to delay draconian Federal Reserve regulations from taking effect go down to defeat Wednesday afternoon. An amendment in the U.S. Senate that would have delayed the Fed’s rules died on a 54-45 vote, six shy of the …

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As Banks Rally, the NRF Escalates the Debit Card Interchange Lobbying War

  With bank opposition to the Durbin Amendment growing, the National Retail Federation on Wednesday launched what it calls a major, 60-day advocacy campaign to “preserve swipe-fee reform” for debit cards. The multipronged effort, according to an NRF news release, includes an “intensive grass-roots” campaign to mobilize retailers through NRF …

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