American EMV Adoption Marks One Year

Just over 12 months have gone by since the merchant services and credit card processing industry in the United States faced the historical EMV liability shift. October 1, 2015 was the big day. Switching to the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) system has been a major responsibility in terms of installing terminals and educating shoppers…

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Fraud Costs Cut in Half Since the Introduction of EMV

Great news for the credit card processing industry: Just one year into the shift towards the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) system in the United States, and counterfeit fraud costs have been slashed by just over 50%. According to a report issued by credit card giant MasterCard in mid-September, counterfeit fraud costs are being sharply…

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Wal-Mart sues Visa

The swipe fee antitrust lawsuit that The Official Merchant Services Blog has been covering for a few years now has an update: Wal-Mart, accusing Visa of excessively high card swipe fees, is suing Visa for $5 billion. The action by Wal-Mart is being taken because Wal Mart opted out of the settlement of the class…

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Online Poker in Delaware

On Tuesday February 25, 2014 Nevada and Delaware lawmakers  signed a landmark agreement to join the states together in online poker ventures, potentially increasing payouts for residents who gamble online. The Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware established a legal framework for the first authorized interstate…

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Swipe Fee Suit Ongoing After Fairness Hearing

A $7.25 billion settlement relating to credit card interchange fees continues to encounter stiff opposition from a number of major retailers and several significant retail trade associations. Case History The antitrust case against Visa, MasterCard and several issuing banks stemmed from a dispute relating to the percentage of credit card transaction fees that retailers must…

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