$5.54 Billion Visa And Mastercard Fees Class Action Settlement
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Claim Form Deadline: May 31, 2024
Proof required: Yes
What is Visa and Mastercard Settlement About?
A $5.54 Billion Class Action Settlement has been agreed upon with Visa and Mastercard over allegations that they violated antitrust laws by imposing anti-competitive price fixing rules and fees on businesses.
The class action lawsuit against Visa and Mastercard, alongside dozens of banks (such as Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, and others) alleged that businesses that accepted credit or debit cards from January 1, 2004 through January 25, 2019 violated certain laws regarding a specific type of transaction cost known as the “interchange” fee. The class action lawsuit claimed, on behalf of these participating merchants, that:
• Visa and Mastercard conspired together to impose unfair and allegedly unlawful business practices
• They allegedly violated anti-competitive trade laws by enforcing rules that made it difficult for merchants to steer their customers to alternative payment methods.
• Visa and Mastercard conspired together to price-fix certain costs, such as “interchange” fees.
• Even after Visa and Mastercard changed how they operate, businesses claim that they continued these unfair practices.
What is an Interchange Fee?
When a cardholder makes a purchase with a credit or debit card, there is an “interchange” fee attributable to those transactions, which is usually a small percentage of the purchase price. Interchange fees typically account for the greatest part of the fees paid by businesses for accepting Visa and Mastercard cards.
Do I Qualify for Payout?
Every individual, company, and other entities that have accepted any Visa-Branded Cards and/or Mastercard-Branded Cards in the United States from January 1, 2004 through January 25, 2019.
How Much Can I Get Paid?
The amount paid from the settlement fund will be determined by the interchange fees you actually paid or estimated for Visa and Mastercard transactions.
How Do I Find Class Action Settlements?
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How do I file a claim?
Final approval for the settlement was granted by the court on December 13, 2019. Claim Form IDs began mailing and emailing to all known Class Members on December 1, 2023, and will continue to be mailed/emailed on a rolling basis. You must submit a claim form online or by mail by 11:59 pm PST on May 31, 2024 in order to be reimbursed. You can scan the QR code provided on the Claim Form you received and use the secure website credentials provided on your claim form to file your claim.
Please note that if you do not receive a claim form by the middle of January and/or are not sure whether you are part of this settlement, contact the Class Administrator:
Call the toll-free number: 1-800-625-6440
Email: [email protected]
Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement,
P.O. Box 2530,
Portland, OR 97208-2530
Filing Class Action Settlement Claims
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