Monday , January 22, 2018

Law and Regulation

CardFree Charges That Rival LevelUp Fraudulently Accessed Its Order-Ahead Service

It could be taken as a sign of how competitive the order-ahead-and-pay feature has become in the rapidly developing market for mobile payments. In a lawsuit filed in federal court on May 2, CardFree Inc. has accused rival mobile-payments developer Scvngr Inc. of fraudulently accessing CardFree’s technology to process orders …

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For Payments Players, Not Much Cause for Optimism in the Age of Trump, Analysts Warn

While much of the corporate world has high hopes for a business-friendly bent from the Trump Administration, two policy analysts on Wednesday poured cold water on some of the payments industry’s fondest hopes for regulatory relief. One such hope, to scrap a 1,689-page rule regulating prepaid cards, was sinking fast …

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Why Big Banks Shouldn’t Own the Road to Faster Payments

The same U.S. banks that have retarded progress in digital payments shouldn’t be entrusted with anything approaching a monopoly on implementing real-time payments systems, says Mark Horwedel. Lately, the Federal Reserve Board has been shepherding a cross-industry effort to build a faster, more efficient, and more secure payments system in …

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Financial Institutions Still Looking for Legal Certainty as the Cannabis Industry Grows

Whatever their personal feelings are about marijuana usage, the growth of the legal cannabis industry in many states will force bankers and payments executives to examine the business prospects of serving that industry, according to an executive with a regional automated clearing house association. While marijuana remains illegal under federal …

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Retailers Lobby To Save the Durbin Amendment, but the Battle May Already Be Won

Retailers organized by the National Retail Federation and the Merchants Payments Coalition are scheduled to descend on Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to urge Congress to preserve the Durbin Amendment within the ever-controversial Dodd-Frank Act. One close observer of the political and banking scenes, however, believes the amendment will survive despite …

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The CFPB Tweaks Its Prepaid Rule as Showdown Looms Over Its Repeal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau confirmed last week that it will extend the effective date of its planned rule governing prepaid accounts by six months, until Oct. 1, and indicated it would consider a further extension. The embattled bureau also said it would revisit “at least two substantive issues” in …

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Attorneys General Urge CFPB Retention and other Digital Transactions News briefs

• Attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter this week to Congressional leaders urging them to oppose three pending joint resolutions that would overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s controversial prepaid account rule. Consumer groups generally favor the rule, but business interests and many Republicans …

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Small Merchants See Value in Debit Acceptance, Less Concerned About Fees, Survey Says

A survey of 500 small merchants that accept debit cards finds that 66% of them are satisfied with the fees they pay, says the Electronic Payments Coalition, a bank and network advocacy organization. Javelin Strategy & Research completed the survey, which the EPC sponsored. The findings are part of the …

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Bill Would Fund Trump’s Border Wall With a 2% Tax on Remittances to 42 Jurisdictions

While President Donald J. Trump has promised to build a wall along the southern U.S. border to stop illegal immigrants and have Mexico pay for it, an Alabama Congressman’s bill would provide financial support from people in the U.S. sending funds to Mexico and 41 other countries or territories. And …

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