September 30, 2013 / 7:28 PM / in 4 years

Canada competition bureau says won't appeal credit card case

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s Competition Bureau said on Monday it would not appeal a decision to dismiss a case it brought against the rules imposed on merchants by the Canadian arms of MasterCard Inc MA.N and Visa Inc V.N.

A MasterCard logo is seen on a door outside a restaurant in New York, February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Canada’s Competition Tribunal rejected the bureau’s complaint in July. The Competition Bureau, an independent agency, had argued that credit-card company rules prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on card users had put customers at a disadvantage.

“We have decided not to appeal this decision ... the Competition Bureau will continue to pursue ways in which it can resolve the issue of anti-competitive credit card rules imposed by Visa and MasterCard on merchants in Canada,” Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said in a statement.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Chris Reese

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