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The Hottest Litigation Trends Impacting Processors and ISOs: How to Keep You and Your Company Safe

Thursday, May 11
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Session Room 1 (Show Floor)

Over the past five years, processors and ISOs have faced more lawsuits and legal actions than in any time in recent memory. And the stakes could not be higher. Indeed, certain species of litigation can present existential threats to a processor or ISO’s continued operation and imperil the personal assets of its leaders and sales agents. This session will survey the current litigation landscape, identify practical steps to avoid litigation, and address strategies for solidifying claims and defenses should a lawsuit nevertheless arise.

Edward A. Marshall

Partner
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Atlanta, Georgia

Edward A. Marshall is a partner in the Litigation Practice at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, where he serves as chair of the firm’s business litigation practice group and co-chair of the payment systems practice. In 2014, the Daily Report recognized Mr. Marshall on its list of “40 Under 40: Georgia Attorneys On the Rise.”

Mr. Marshall focuses his national practice on litigating, trying, and resolving complex business disputes, with an emphasis on controversies involving the payment systems industry. He has successfully represented both claimants and defendants in multimillion-dollar controversies, with extensive experience before federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the American Arbitration Association, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Mr. Marshall has also enjoyed noteworthy successes representing payment card processors and issuers in a wide range of matters involving private litigants, bankruptcy trustees, states attorneys general, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission.

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Theresa Kananen

Partner
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Atlanta, Georgia

Theresa Kananen is a partner in Arnall Golden Gregory LLP’s Litigation Practice and serves as co-chair of the Payment Systems Practice. She focuses her practice on handling both a wide variety of litigation and compliance issues in the payments industry, and employment litigation and counseling. On the payments side, Ms. Kananen represents processors, ISOs, and card brands, defending them in a variety of disputes ranging from lawsuits brought by cardholders implicating the Truth in Lending and Fair Credit Reporting Acts; class actions brought by merchants; and enforcement actions by government entities, including the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Kananen also advises clients in the payments space on issues of federal and state law compliance, including surcharging and convenience fees, and participation in state EBT programs. In addition, Ms. Kananen also actively practices employment law, primarily representing employers in a wide variety of counseling matters and litigation, including wage and hour issues, anti-discrimination laws, covenants not to compete, executive compensation, reductions in force, and workforce restructuring.

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