The UK Supreme Court finds that multilateral interchange fees between credit card companies are in violation of competition law (Sainsbury’s / Visa / MasterCard)

Interchange fees restrict competition: Is the UK Supreme Court giving Article 101(1) TFEU a final glance?* In a long running legal battle, some clarity has finally been provided by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in relation to the implications of multi-lateral interchange fees (MIFs) between card companies with respect to European Competition Law. In the combined cases of Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd (Respondent) v Visa Europe Services LLC and others (Appellants) Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd and others (Respondents) v Mastercard Incorporated and others (Appellants) [2020] UKSC 24 the Supreme Court found unequivocally in favour of the supermarket chains and held that the MIFs were a restriction of competition contrary to Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the

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Oonagh O'Sullivan, The UK Supreme Court finds that multilateral interchange fees between credit card companies are in violation of competition law (Sainsbury’s / Visa / MasterCard), 17 June 2020, e-Competitions June 2020, Art. N° 95879

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