Case Number: No. 04-cv-5723

Practice Area: Antitrust

Case Status: Settled

Settlement Amount: $49.5 million

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Berger Montague served as lead counsel and obtained a $49.5 million settlement of plaintiffs’ claims concerning the imposition of foreign transaction fees. The case was litigated in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as a related case to In re Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation (“CCF I”), MDL No. 1409, Master File No. M21-95 (S.D.N.Y.) (Pauley, J.).

The lawsuit concerned the fees that cardholders of Visa cards, MasterCard cards, and Diners Club cards were charged to make transactions denominated in a foreign currency or with a foreign merchant. The plaintiffs claimed that American Express conspired with the bank defendants in the CCF I to fix, maintain, and conceal the banks’ artificially inflated foreign transaction fees, and that American Express agreed to increase its own fee from 1% to 2%.

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