The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear eight new cases, including business clashes over ATM fees and housing discrimination, as it bolstered its agenda for the nine-month term that starts in October.
In the ATM-fee case, the court said it will hear appeals by Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and affiliated banks. A lower court allowed lawsuits claiming Visa and MasterCard’s rules prevent some cash machines from charging lower fees for transactions processed on other networks.
Visa and MasterCard argue that the allegations in the lawsuit aren’t specific enough for the case to go forward. The suit also names JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. as defendants.
Bank of America and Wells Fargo will also get a hearing as they try to stop lawsuits by Miami over allegedly discriminatory lending practices. The suits claim the banks targeted black and Hispanic customers for predatory loans, causing their homes to fall into foreclosure and contributing to neighborhood blight.
The banks argue the alleged impact on the city was too attenuated to permit Miami’s suits under the U.S. Fair Housing Act. Miami is also pressing a similar suit against Citigroup Inc., which isn’t involved in the Supreme Court case.