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Swipe-Fee Rule Rejection to Help Merchants at Banks’ Cost

Retailers battling banks over debit-card transaction costs may benefit from lower fees after winning a court ruling on claims they were overcharged billions of dollars under an unlawful rate set by the Federal Reserve.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled yesterday that the Fed considered data it wasn’t allowed to use under the Dodd-Frank law in setting the cap on debit-card transaction fees, known as swipe fees, at 21 cents, and neglected to bolster competition in card networks.