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UK: OFT action against hidden card surcharges

On 28 June 2011, the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) published its findings on its investigation into payment surcharges, in particular those imposed by the passenger travel sector for online transactions. The OFT concluded that such payment surcharges make price comparisons more difficult for consumers, cause consumer detriment and can weaken competition between traders. Claire Brinn, an Associate at Field Fisher Waterhouse, discusses how the OFT's report will impact the practice of 'paying to pay'.

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