Fla., Calif. Retailers Fight No-Surcharge Credit Card Laws

Law360, New York (March 6, 2014, 7:00 PM EST) -- Small businesses in California and Florida filed challenges to state laws banning so-called swipe fees and surcharges for credit card users, alleging Wednesday that the laws violate consumers’ First Amendment rights and are unconstitutionally vague.

Three California and four Florida merchants filed suit against their respective states, saying anti-surcharge laws that permit the merchants to offer discounts to consumers paying with cash or debit cards but prohibit the merchants from telling credit card-paying customers that they’re incurring a surcharge, unlawfully prohibits speech and fails to provide...
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