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District Court approves $84 million payment processing settlement

Courts Class Action Payment Processors Consumer Finance RICO Settlement


On August 17, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska granted final approval of an $84 million class action settlement resolving allegations that a payment processing company’s billing practices overcharged merchants. Class members retained the company to process credit card payments and claimed that the company allegedly charged fees that did not align with the terms of their contracts. Class members accused the company of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act violations, breach of contract, and fraudulent concealment related to allegations that the company assessed noncompliance fees, increased contractual credit card discount rates, and shifted credit card transactions from lower-cost rate tiers to higher-cost rate tiers. Under the terms of the settlement, the company will pay up to $84 million into a settlement fund, which will provide cash benefits to class members and cover administrative costs, attorney fees, and other expenses.