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US: DOJ, Ohio weigh in against Amex

 |  December 7, 2017

On Thursday, the DoJ and the State of Ohio filed briefs in the Ohio v. American Express Co antitrust case.  The DoJ concluded that the judgment of the court of appeals should be vacated, and the case should be remanded to the court of appeals for further proceedings. See briefs here.

The case alleges American Express thwarts competition by preventing merchants from asking customers to use credit cards that charge lower fees.

A federal appeals court had thrown out the lawsuit in 2015, saying the US government and involved states failed to prove that the American Express rules harmed cardholders and sellers.

The 11 states that joined the appeal are Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont.


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