Canada competition bureau says won't appeal credit card case

Reuters

OTTAWA, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Canada's Competition Bureau saidon Monday it would not appeal a decision to dismiss a case itbrought against the rules imposed on merchants by the Canadianarms of MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc.

Canada's Competition Tribunal rejected the bureau'scomplaint in July. The Competition Bureau, an independentagency, had argued that credit-card company rules prohibitingmerchants from imposing a surcharge on card users had putcustomers at a disadvantage.

"We have decided not to appeal this decision ... theCompetition Bureau will continue to pursue ways in which it canresolve the issue of anti-competitive credit card rules imposedby Visa and MasterCard on merchants in Canada," Commissioner ofCompetition John Pecman said in a statement.

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