A federal judge in New Jersey rejected Heartland Payment Systems Inc.'s request for a preliminary injunction to prevent VeriFone Holdings Inc. from soliciting Heartland merchants that use VeriFone point of sale terminals.

Heartland is seeking to stop VeriFone from promoting a Web site where merchants may register for free terminal support directly through VeriFone to begin after Dec. 31, when VeriFone will stop providing Heartland with support. Heartland contends it can continue to support the terminals without VeriFone's help.

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