WASHINGTON — Justices on the Supreme Court appeared split Tuesday on whether state bans on credit card surcharges are legal, with conservatives on the bench concerned about how the bans have been applied while liberals appeared skeptical of claims they violate retailer's free speech rights.

The case, Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, centers on a New York state law that bars merchants from charging credit card users an additional fee while simultaneously permitting merchants to offer a discount to customers who pay in cash.

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