Class Action: Heartland Payment Systems Liable For Breaching Contract, Not Following New Jersey Consumer Protection Rules
Heartland Payment Systems is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by a group of bars and restaurants contending that the payment processing company has made a profit of millions off food establishments illegally during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bars And Restaurants Unite Against Allegedly Illegal Acts Committed By Heartland Payment Systems
According to reports, restaurant and bar owners of 33 Taps, Black Ship, and Hinoki the Bird are taking Heartland Payment Systems to court for allegedly unlawfully making a huge profit off their businesses and others by drastically increasing their monthly charges without informing their clients.
This was filed in conjunction with the events of the Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) global public health crisis.
The foodservice companies shared that Heartland Payment Systems has touted itself as a company that provides fair and dependable debit and credit card processing services to small and medium-sized firms.
However, Heartland allegedly turned away its backs on its promise of providing transparent services and support to its clients when it ended up jacking up the price tags of its payment processing service without the consent of many food businesses that rely on them.
Furthermore, businesses were also slapped with charges that were added on top of the additional payment they shell out to use Heartland Payment Systems’ services. One of them was the company’s PCI Non-Compliance Fee which amounted to $125 a month.
Additionally, the other miscellaneous charges ranged from a lowly $8.50 for Service & Regulatory Mandate fee to Reporting Fee that went as high as $69.
The bars and restaurants Black Ship and 33 Taps were reportedly victims of the company’s purportedly unauthorized and illegal charges in the past.
Class Action Brief
The Heartland Illegal Charges Class Action Lawsuit is officially contending that Heartland has violated the state of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act.
In addition, it is taking the company to court for different charges, including unjust enrichment, breach of good faith and fair dealing, breach of contract, and the like.
Restaurants and bars complainants 33 Taps, Black Ship, and Hinoki the Bird are seeking to form and represent all of Heartland Payment Systems’ customers whose credit and/or debit card payments processed by the company have been illegally subjected to additional unauthorized fees during any time after the year 2018.
Besides the Class approval, they are asking the court to order the company to pay up for the damages they have inflicted on their clients and to release an official injunction subjecting Heartland Payment Systems to the court’s ruling.
About The Company
Based in Edmond, Oklahoma, Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. is a payment processor that handles financial transactions and payments of business owners via their credit and debit cards. Per publicly available information online, the company employs more than 3,700 workers in 2014 and has tallied earnings of more than $2 billion during the same year.
Editor’s Note on Heartland Illegal Charges Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article features the class action lawsuit filed against Heartland payment company after it reportedly imposed hidden charges on its customers.
Case Name(s) & No.: Black Ship, 33 Taps, and Hinoki the Bird v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.; Case No.: 3:21-cv-13855
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Products/Services Involved: Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.’s payment processing services
Allegation(s): Heartland Payment Systems has not followed its contractual obligations with its clients and made unjust economic gain upon them during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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