Deluxe Corp. reported a $180 million charge in the third quarter, up from a previously announced $140 million, because of costs related to a court decision against its electronic benefits transfer business.

The jury verdict came in a breach-of-contract suit filed in 1995 by Mellon Bank Corp., which accused Deluxe Electronic Payments Systems Inc. of backing out of a joint bid to handle EBT processing for the Southern Alliance of States. Deluxe said the extra $40 million will provide a reserve for the $30 million judgment, awarded in October. The charge is also intended to cover future legal costs as the company pursues an appeal.

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