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Justice Department Investigating Visa Debit Acceptance and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/19/21

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating Visa Inc.’s practices regarding online and in-store debit card acceptance, according to reporting by The Wall Street Journal. The probe is centered on whether Visa has restricted merchants’ ability to flow transactions over less-costly networks, according to sources who spoke to the newspaper.Fintech Enova International said it acquired Pangea …

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Splitit Signs More Merchants and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/18/21

Buy now, pay later provider Splitit Payments Ltd. announced new merchants Giant Bicycles, Super73, Mate Bike, Michael’s Jewelry and others now offer the installment payment service. Spliltit also reiterated that its service can be used with credit cards.Boutique marketplace Jane has integrated Klarna for buy now, pay later transactions.Fintech Rapyd said it is waiving up to …

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Card Brands Delay Interchange Updates and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/16/21

Responding to pressure from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and other critics, Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. are delaying planned adjustments to their credit card interchange rates until April next year, Bloomberg News reported. The rate adjustments had been set for next month and involved an estimated net $889 million in increased fee income for …

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COMMENTARY: To the New Congress: Beware of the Durbin Amendment’s Failures

With the Covid-19 pandemic still imposing a huge financial weight on the nation’s small businesses and families, many legislators are understandably eager to pursue policies they feel will ease that burden. But lawmakers must be careful that they are looking at policies that really will help. Unfortunately, some sectors—in this …

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The Architect of Debit Price Caps Attacks Visa And Mastercard for Planned Credit Card Hikes

The U.S. Senator who gave his name nearly a decade ago to a law that caps debit card interchange made it plain Thursday he now has the rates merchants pay for credit card acceptance squarely in his sights. Commenting during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he heads, …

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BJ’s Wholesale Adds Online SNAP Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/5/21

The warehouse-store chain BJ’s Wholesale Club said it has added electronic benefits transfer payment capability to its Web site for in-store or curbside pickup of SNAP-eligible items. The service applies to stores in Florida and North Carolina. The processor is FIS Inc.’s Worldpay. SNAP is the federal Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program.Independent …

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Interchange Adjustments Will Add a Net $889 Million to Merchants’ Costs, an Analysis Says

With the two big payment networks set to raise by hundreds of millions of dollars the cost U.S. merchants pay for card acceptance, e-commerce merchants could see fee boosts while some segments—like travel-and-entertainment and low-ticket-value, quick-service merchants—could see some reductions.  In total, rate tweaks scheduled by Visa Inc. and Mastercard …

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CardX Wins Its Kansas Surcharging Suit. Surcharging Bans Remain in Only Three States

CardX LLC, a surcharging-services provider, can now add another state to the list of places where it can do business. A federal judge ruled Thursday surcharging cannot be prohibited in Kansas. The decision leaves just Colorado, Massachusetts, and Connecticut with outright no-surcharge rules on the books. Filed May 29, 2020, …

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With a Federal Lawsuit, Intuit Challenges the Card Networks’ Interchange Regime

Lawsuits brought by merchants against Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. have become almost routine for the two network giants, but now they face an unusual action—a suit from Intuit Inc., which is not only a card-accepting merchant but also an independent sales organization and payment facilitator. Filed Feb. 19 in …

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Sky Systemz’s New POS Terminal Takes Aim at Merchant Price Sensitivity

In a nod to merchants’ need for more favorable point-of-sale pricing as a way to counterbalance the decline in business many have incurred as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, cloud-based POS-services provider Sky Systemz has introduced the Sky Terminal. Priced at $749, Sky Systemz’s contactless point-of-sale terminal features a …

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