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This summary is based on SRG’s review of publicly available documents.  The court granted the settlement final approval on December 13, 2019. 

Overview

Plaintiffs allege that, between January 1, 2004 and the January 25, 2019, Defendants Visa, MasterCard and several banks including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup conspired to artificially inflate the prices of interchange fees that merchants' acquiring banks pay to customers' issuing banks in a credit or debit card transaction.  Since the interchange fees are inflated, the discount fees merchants pay to accept card payments are in turn artificially high, and various rules prevent merchants from challenging the inflated fees.

 

What is Interchange?

Interchange is a fee paid by a merchant's bank (also known as the acquiring bank) to the cardholder's bank (the issuing bank) to compensate the issuing bank for a portion of the risks and costs it incurs.

 

Class

The eligible class consists of all persons, businesses and other entities that accepted Visa and/or MasterCard credit or debit cards in the United States from January 1, 2004 to January 25, 2019.

 

Pending Settlements: Filing Deadline:
$5.54 to $6.24 Billion
 
Not yet established;
Claim forms are not yet available

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Please note that SRG may require additional information from you (the claimant) in order to meet requirements for the Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement. In consideration for SRG filing a claim and seeking reimbursement on the claimant’s behalf, claimant agrees to pay SRG 25% of the face value of the reimbursement. There will be no compensation due SRG if claimant does not recover a reimbursement. SRG makes no guarantees as to the amount of the reimbursement.

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SRG is not affiliated with the official claims administrator, class counsel or any party in the case. SRG is a third party service that can be hired to file and track claims. We specialize in helping companies file claims to obtain their share of settlement money from class action lawsuits once a settlement has been reached. Our services are voluntary and are not required to file a claim. No-cost assistance will be available from the Class Administrator and Class Counsel during any claims-filing period. Official documents and information on the case can be found on the Court-approved case website www.paymentcardsettlement.com. This summary is not and should not be construed as legal, tax or other professional advice.