NEW YORK - The judge in the Visa/MasterCard antitrust case, Barbara S. Jones, has indefinitely canceled oral arguments that were scheduled for Monday.

The court date was meant to mark the beginning of closing statements, in which all parties to the trial - the Justice Department on one side, and Visa International, Visa U.S.A., and MasterCard International on the other - were to get their final word before the judge rendered her decision.

Judge Jones did not explain why she decided to forgo these arguments, but it could mean that she has reached a decision in the case, Visa said.

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