Heartland Payment Systems Inc. says it will get a Dec. 7 hearing on its request for a preliminary injunction to prevent VeriFone Holdings Inc. from soliciting the payment processor's merchants who use VeriFone point-of-sale terminals. VeriFone is recommending that Heartland merchants using its equipment register on a special Web site to continue to receive free support for its devices after Dec. 31, when VeriFone will stop providing Heartland with terminal support. Heartland contends it can continue to support the terminals without VeriFone's help. The two companies are suing each other over a disagreement stemming from Heartland's development of an advanced encryption terminal (CardLine, 10/22). San Jose, Calif.-based VeriFone alleges Heartland is in infringing on one of its patents; Princeton, N.J.-based Heartland claims VeriFone is engaging in unfair trade practices. A U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey on Monday turned down Heartland's request for a temporary restraining order to force VeriFone to shut down the site (CardLine, 11/10), but VeriFone already had removed "Heartland" from the site's address.