The landmark antitrust suit against Visa U.S.A. and MasterCard International by the retailing industry has been granted class-action status.

In a decision filed Tuesday evening at U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Judge John Gleeson concluded that "all persons and business entities who have accepted Visa and/or MasterCard credit cards and therefore have been required to accept VisaCheck and/or MasterMoney debit cards under the challenged tying arrangements" should be grouped as one class.

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