AmEx Can't Join Private, Gov't Antitrust Cases

Law360, New York (February 11, 2014, 7:54 PM EST) -- In light of a settlement resolving two putative antitrust class actions challenging American Express Co.'s merchant discount rules, a New York federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid from the credit card giant to join the private actions with a related U.S. government complaint, noting the effort was likely to fail anyway.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis formally gave preliminary approval to the settlement covering two separate class actions targeting separate AmEx policies, following through on his verbal commitment made last week. Approval of the settlements removed...
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