American Express to Appeal $5.7 Billion Swipe Fee Accord

American Express Co. (AXP) said it’s appealing a federal judge’s order approving Visa Inc. (V) and MasterCard Inc. (MA)’s $5.7 billion settlement that ended years of litigation with U.S. merchants over allegations that credit-card swipe fees are improperly fixed.

American Express, in a filing today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, joined retailers and trade associations including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Inc., 7-Eleven Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) that already have filed notices that they will appeal the decision.

U.S. District Judge John Gleeson approved the accord on Dec. 13, saying he was satisfied with the settlement, which was estimated to be the largest-ever U.S. antitrust accord.

Marina Norville, a spokeswoman for New York-based American Express, had no immediate comment on the appeal.

The case is In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, 05-md-01720, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

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