``The National Association of Convenience Stores publicly rejected the settlement, and trade groups representing grocers and pharmacies, among others, have since voiced objections.

The settlement would allow stores to charge customers extra if they pay with credit cards, although that ability would be limited by state law and stores' agreements with other card companies, such as American Express Co (AXP.N), according to court papers.

The settlement would also give merchants the right to negotiate collectively over swipe fees and includes broad releases shielding Visa and MasterCard from future litigation over similar swipe-fee issues, court papers showed.''

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