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21 May 2020, 8:47 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: Retailers and Wholesalers Call for Urgent Amendment of Card Fees RegulationFinextra – May 18, 2020 EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today pressed the European Commission to act on the growing problems facing retailers and wholesalers resulting from the limited scope of the Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR). [read post]
6 Aug 2020, 7:14 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: Exclusive: China’s Central Bank Urges Antitrust Probe Into Alipay, WeChat PayReuters – August 6, 2020 China’s top antitrust agency is looking at whether to launch a probe into Alipay and WeChat Pay, prompted by the central bank which argues the digital payment giants have used their dominant positions to quash competition, sources with knowledge of the matter said. [read post]
6 May 2021, 8:24 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: Retail Organizations Sue Fed Over Debit Law EnforcementRetail Dive – April 30, 2021 Two retail associations sued the Federal Reserve Board of Governors April 29 over what they claim is a failure by the federal agency to properly enforce a federal law that caps the fees that can be charged on debit transactions. [read post]
29 Apr 2021, 8:26 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: Visa, Mastercard Face Biggest Challenges in a DecadeBanking Dive – April 22, 2021 Regulatory, legislative and court confrontations over the card networks’ fees are ratcheting up pressure again for reform of the behemoths’ practices. [read post]
21 Jan 2021, 9:06 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: CFPB Under Chopra Will Be Aggressive Consumer Watchdog, Experts SayCompliance Week – January 19, 2021 Rohit Chopra, currently a Democratic commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission, has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). [read post]
28 Jan 2021, 9:34 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: UK Merchants to Face Post-Brexit Fee Increase From MastercardBusiness Insider – January 26, 2021 In response to Brexit, Mastercard is reportedly planning to increase fees for UK online card purchases. [read post]
12 Jun 2020, 7:44 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: ‘Fraud’ Lawsuit Slams Plaid on Eve of Historic $5.3-Billion PaydayRIABiz – June 9, 2020 As Plaid nears the date when it banks a $5.3 billion dollar check from Visa, it may face a final hurdle from a class action alleging its value proposition depends on a “massive invasion” of the privacy of over 200 million bank and brokerage accounts. [read post]
18 Jun 2020, 7:26 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: With a Loss Before Britain’s High Court, Visa and Mastercard Face an Interchange ReckoningDigital Transactions News – June 17, 2020 Merchants in the United Kingdom won an important battle against interchange fees on Wednesday but it remains uncertain just how much that will mean to them in terms of remuneration from Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. [read post]
25 Mar 2021, 8:06 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: A DOJ Investigation of Visa Is the Latest Chapter in a Long History of Probes Into Network PoliciesDigital Transactions News – March 22, 2021 The news that the U.S. [read post]
27 May 2021, 9:15 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: European Commission Plans to Hit Facebook With Official Antitrust ProbePYMNTS – May 26, 2021 The European Commission (EC) is launching an official investigation into allegations that Facebook engaged in anti-competitive behaviors, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday (May 26). [read post]
11 Jun 2021, 9:20 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: A Surcharging Bill Advances to the Colorado Governor’s DeskDigital Transactions News – June 9, 2021 Soon, there might be just two states that prohibit credit card surcharging with the passage Tuesday of a bill in Colorado that would permit the pricing strategy. [read post]
18 Feb 2021, 9:15 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: Feds Probing American Express’ Business, Consumer Card Sales PracticesThe Hill – February 12, 2021 American Express disclosed on Friday that several federal agencies are probing its sales practices for its small business credit cards and consumer cards. [read post]
4 Mar 2021, 9:30 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: UK Launches Antitrust Probe Into AppleCNN Business – March 4, 2021 The United Kingdom’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Apple (AAPL) after app developers complained that they’re being forced to use the company’s payment systems and distribute their products via its App Store. [read post]
29 Oct 2020, 7:36 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: The DOJ Is Investigating Visa’s $5.3 Billion Bid for Plaid on Antitrust GroundsTech Crunch – October 28, 2020 It’s not just big tech that’s getting the antitrust treatment from the Department of Justice. [read post]
2 Jul 2020, 8:40 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: EU Says Credit-Card Fee Curbs Helped Reduce Prices for ConsumersBloomberg – June 29, 2020 European Union curbs on credit and debit-card fees helped reduce prices for consumers and aided payments across the 27-nation bloc, regulators said in a report published Monday. [read post]
23 Jul 2020, 7:22 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: Open Banking for the Unbanked: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Innovation in LatAmPYMNTS – July 22, 2020 With nearly 50 percent of the Latin American population unbanked, there’s a growing appetite for mobile banking services. [read post]
9 Jul 2020, 7:24 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Punish Retailers for Refusing Cash PaymentsCNBC – July 2, 2020 Sens. [read post]
16 Jul 2020, 9:23 am by Kristian Soltes
Legal and Regulatory Developments SPOTLIGHT: UK Tightens Rules on Payments Firms in Wake of Wirecard DebaclePYMNTS – July 9, 2020 The United Kingdom’s financial regulator has toughened rules on payment companies less than two weeks after Wirecard AG’s collapse locked millions of customers out of their accounts, the Financial Times reported. [read post]