The VISA/Mastercard Class Action Lawsuit: What You Need to Know

The VISA/Mastercard Class Action Lawsuit: What You Need to Know

If you’ve been accepting Visa or Mastercard in your business anytime between 2004 and early 2019 (essentially any business in the last 15 years), then you most likely received a notice about the class action antitrust lawsuit between merchants and cardmember brands. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the VISA/MC class action lawsuit as of late, so we figured we’d save you some time and sum it up for you.

Here’s everything you need to know.

In short, this is good news.

Why? Because you’re probably eligible for reimbursement via the suit’s settlement.

In one sentence:

The court found that merchants (you!) overpaid interchange fees because VISA and Mastercard violated antitrust laws and ordered a preliminary settlement of $5.54-$6.24 billion for merchants who accepted Visa and Mastercard from January 1st, 2004 to January 25th, 2019.

In other words, you have the opportunity to get paid back what you overpaid in interchange fees over the last 15 years.

Who is the lawsuit between?

The lawsuit is filed between virtually all card-accepting merchants and VISA/Mastercard.

Who has to file a claim?

You, the merchant. The lawsuit is only between merchants and VISA/MC, so you are the only party who can file a claim.

Can my merchant services provider file my claim for me?

No. Again, payment processors and merchant services companies (like Tidal Commerce) aren’t involved in the lawsuit, so only you can file the claim, and only the cardmembers can reimburse you via the settlement. Even though merchant service providers issue the merchant account you use to process those transactions, they don’t set interchange rates and therefore aren’t a part of this suit.

What this means for you:

That you can get the money you overpaid back! All merchants are eligible to receive a portion of the settlement (assuming you aren’t a dismissed plaintiff).

Note: If you’re already involved in another case with the same claims you must exclude yourself from this case in order to claim your part of the settlement.

What you need to do:

Take the time to file a claim by filling out the form mailed (or emailed) to you. You should have received a claim notice in number in the mail with details on how to get registered for your settlement. If you didn’t receive the notice or moved to a different location and would like to request a new one, you can do so by submitting a form here.

More information / details

This should pretty much sum it up for you, but if you’d like to get all of the details straight from the source, you can use the links below. Remember that you should have also received an official notice in the mail or via email as well.

Helpful links:

Settlement Website

Official FAQ

Official Notice

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