In 2004 American Express filed a suit saying Mastercard, Visa and their
member banks had illegally blocked it from the US bank-issued card
American Express had accused Mastercard of conspiring to prevent some banks from issuing its credit cards.
Mastercard agreed to make 12 quarterly payments of $150m to American Express.
Last year, the company reached a settlement with Visa in a similar suit.
"We are pleased to have reached a settlement that will enable us to
keep our strong balance sheet intact," said Mastercard boss Robert
He said the deal removed "the uncertainty, time commitment and expense of a prolonged court case".
Mastercard had remained the sole defendant in the lawsuit.
American Express had claimed that an association of credit cards
had carried out "anti-competitive practices" that had prevented 20,000
US banks from using Amex credit card products.
It had also accused the card associations of functioning "as a cartel".
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