MasterCard sued by Britain, faces $18.6 billion lawsuit for overcharging millions of users

By on September 11, 2016
MasterCard sued by Britain, faces $18.6 billion lawsuit for overcharging millions of users

MasterCard is currently being sued 14 billion pounds (approximately $18.6 billion USD) in Britain for allegedly charging customers excess fees on several million transactions over a period of 16 years.

According to a report by Reuters Mastercard is denying all allegation. “We continue to firmly disagree with the basis of this claim and we intend to oppose it vigorously,” company representatives said in a statement.

The lawyer who is bringing the case, Walter Merrick, says there is evidence the credit card company charged billions of pounds of unlawfully high fees, and that it was done unlawfully, for its sole benefit of Mastercard.

The lawsuit is based on findings of a European Union’s antitrust regulator from 2014, describing excessive fees towards store owners.

“The filing of this claim is the first step towards consumers obtaining compensation.” Marrick said in a statement.

Jeffrey S. Overstreet

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