Topics: Payment Systems

Kroger Sues Visa Over Signature vs. PIN in Debit Transactions

The lawsuit is just the latest in a series of lawsuits that large merchants have filed against credit card companies over restrictions on PIN authentication. NATSO continues to actively urge members of Congress to examine the payments system, arguing that PIN authentication is the most secure, cost-effective solution. More

Visa, Mastercard $7.25 Billion Settlement Void

Marking a major victory for retailers, a federal appeals court today threw out the $7.25 billion antitrust settlement that Visa and MasterCard had reached with millions of retailers over the high swipe fees that retailers pay each time a customer uses a credit card ruling that it was unfair to retailers who stood to receive no payments and little or no benefit. More

Credit Card Companies Announce Plans to Expedite EMV Equipment Certification, Reduce Chargebacks

Recognizing the growing and unacceptable problem with chargebacks, Visa has announced modifications to EMV certification and chargeback requirements, and shortly thereafter MasterCard and American Express followed suit. These announcements undoubtedly came in response to growing pressure from retailers and their advocates that the EMV liability shift has resulted in an excessive and unfair increase in chargebacks that retailers have absorbed, often with no viable method for avoiding them. More

Home Depot Sues Visa, MasterCard over EMV Switch

Home Depot Inc. has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard, adding to claims from a previous lawsuit alleging that retailers pay too much in swipe fees by now questioning chip-based cards' effectiveness in reducing fraud without PIN authentication. More

Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform is Under Attack

There is a coordinated effort underway to repeal debit card swipe fee reform known as the Durbin Amendment. This is a serious concern for the travel plaza and truckstop industry, which has benefited from the certainty, transparency, and competition that the Durbin Amendment provided into the debit card payment system market. If these efforts are successful, debit card swipe fees would likely skyrocket again. More

Key Lawmaker Proposes Repeal of Durbin Amendment

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced that he will introduce legislation in the coming weeks to overhaul significant parts of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations. More

Wal-Mart Sues Visa, Wants to Require PINs

Wal-Mart has sued credit card company Visa, alleging the company is forcing the retailer to use a less-secure "signature" method for verifying debit cards in order to route transactions through Visa's own networks to boost profits. More

EMV Shift: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Complying with the EMV shift—the move to align credit and debit cards in the United States with proprietary chip technology—is extremely complex and expensive for merchants, and does not do enough to protect retailers from fees and risks associated with fraud, said Mallory Duncan vice president and general counsel at the National Retail Federation. More

House Committee Advances Data Security Legislation

The House Financial Services Committee voted 46-9 Dec. 8 in favor of the Data Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 2205). NATSO strongly opposes the legislation, which imposes data security standards for retailers, because it would unnecessarily impose a variety of complicated and expensive obligations on the retail sector. More

NATSO Opposes Data Security Legislation

NATSO, joining a diverse coalition of retail groups, will be sending a letter to the House Financial Services Committee this week opposing the recently introduced Data Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 2205). That legislation, which is favored by the banking community, would unnecessarily impose a variety of complicated and expensive obligations on the retail sector. More

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