Achieved Extraordinary $6.26 Billion Settlement in Interchange Fee Litigation

December 16, 2019

In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Litigation, No. 05-md-1720 (E.D.N.Y.)

For a class of 10 million merchants, Robins Kaplan pursued an innovative theory that Visa’s and Mastercard’s interchange fee structure and rules are anticompetitive. The $6.26 billion settlement, which was granted final approval, is the largest known settlement of a private antitrust action in the 120-year history of the Sherman Act. Defendants include Visa and Mastercard, as well as major card-issuing banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Capital One. Appeals are fully briefed and awaiting argument.

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K. Craig Wildfang


Chair Emeritus, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group

Stacey Slaughter


Co-Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group;
Deputy Chair, Business Litigation Group;
Member of the Executive Board

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