The Supremes discuss credit card surcharges, cash discounts and Free Speech

In late March of 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court entered a narrow ruling when addressing a New York law which punished merchants for adding a surcharge for credit card purchases. The Supreme Court ruled that the NY law was a regulation of speech, and remanded the case back to the Second Circuit to determine if the law violated the First Amendment. The Supreme Court’s 2017 ruling will likely have an impact on some FL transactions, as Florida’s statute (addressing similar issues) was deemed unconstitutional in late 2015, based on freedom of speech as well.

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