VISA/MASTERCARD DOCUMENTS UNSEALED

NEW YORK -- Thousands of sealed documents were made public in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn last week in the class-action lawsuit in which 4 million U.S. merchants allege antitrust violations by MasterCard International, Purchase, N.Y., and Visa U.S.A., Foster City, Calif.s," according to Lloyd Constantine, lead counsel for the merchants and principle in Constantine & Partners, New York.The suit,

NEW YORK -- Thousands of sealed documents were made public in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn last week in the class-action lawsuit in which 4 million U.S. merchants allege antitrust violations by MasterCard International, Purchase, N.Y., and Visa U.S.A., Foster City, Calif.

s," according to Lloyd Constantine, lead counsel for the merchants and principle in Constantine & Partners, New York.

The suit, originally filed in 1996 by 18 retailers (including Wal-Mart Stores, Bent

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