Discover Financial sues Visa over alleged anti-competitive card practices

Wednesday 26 November 2014 13:31 CET | News

Discover Financial Services has sued Visa under the allegation of anti-competitive practices in its debit card business.

Discover, through its Pulse Network unit, has made the accusation that, in order to maintain its monopoly, Visa has undertaken a series of illegal actions that undermine competition, thus harming rival debit networks, merchants, acquirers, card issuers, and consumers.

The lawsuit alleges that Visa has a long history of making sure that PIN debit does not predominate, including undertaking illegal behavior to fend off competitive threats to its debit network services monopoly. In the petition, Discover said that Visa is offering economic incentives to merchants to choose the Visa network for transactions.

Discover is challenging a Visa rule that requires financial issuers of Visa signature debit cards to also include Visa’s PIN services instead of allowing other PIN networks like Pulse to compete for that business.

Pulse requires its debit cardholders to authorize transactions with a personal identification number (PIN). Most Visa transactions use customer signature.

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Keywords: Discover Financial, Visa, anti-competitive, cards, online security, web fraud
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
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