A federal appeals court has struck down a Florida law that
barred merchants from imposing a surcharge on customers who pay
with credit cards.
In a split decision Wednesday, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court
of Appeals ruled that the law violates merchants' right to free
speech because it regulated "surcharges" for credit card
customers but not "discounts" for those paying cash, the
difference between which the majority saw as largely semantic.
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