MOUNT SNOW, Vt. – A cacophony of voices made the conference center here seem like an unruly classroom. The air was buzzing with questions and comments about merchant surcharging as attendees spoke out of turn at the Northeast Acquirers Association annual conference.

One notion that emerged from the furor Wednesday was that the industry won’t meet the surcharge deadlines mandated in the settlement of a swipe-fee lawsuit merchants won against Visa, MasterCard and some financial institutions.

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