Visa Inc. said the Justice Department had opened an antitrust investigation into company policies that forbid merchants to surcharge customers for paying with cards or to steer customers to other forms of payment.

The San Francisco company disclosed the probe in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday. It said it was cooperating with the department.

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