Swipe Surcharge Ban Protects Consumers, NY Tells Rakoff

Law360, New York (August 14, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT) -- The state of New York on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff to throw out a legal challenge to a state law that bars businesses from imposing credit card surcharges, arguing that the law protects consumers from surprises at the cash register.

Lawyers for the state appeared at a hearing before Judge Rakoff to press for the dismissal of a challenge to Section 518 of the state's General Business Law. The law bars businesses from imposing surcharges on credit card transactions, but allows them to...
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