For decades, most credit card merchant agreements prevented businesses from adding a surcharge to bills paid by credit card. In addition, a number of states passed laws that prevented vendors, other than state and local governments, from adding a surcharge to a credit card transaction. That’s all changed or is changing, beginning with the outcomes from several antitrust lawsuits involving the major credit card providers and, more recently, court cases that have overturned state statutes that prevented the surcharges.
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