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Levine Lee Files Amicus Curiae Brief in U.S. Supreme Court in Ohio v. American Express

On behalf of The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (“ATA”), Levine Lee filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Respondent American Express in State of Ohio, et al. v. American Express Company, et al., No. 16-1454, which is pending before the United States Supreme Court. The case considers whether American Express should be permitted to include in its commercial contracts a provision that prevents merchants from encouraging customers to use credit cards or other payment methods that are less costly to merchants, or whether such a provision violates the U.S. antitrust laws. The ATA argues that American Express should be able to structure its contracts without governmental interference and provides significant evidence of the problems that emerged in Australia when such provisions were banned, such as higher fees and reduced rewards for consumers. Kenneth E. Lee, Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal and Dylan A. Stern worked on the brief. The matter will be argued in the Supreme Court on February 26, 2018.

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