Merchant Services Agreement for Sub-Merchants

(United States)

This MERCHANT SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR SUBMERCHANTS (“Agreement) is made among WORLDPAY, LLC, having its principal office at 8500 Governors Hill Drive, Symmes Township, OH 452491384 and its designated Member Bank (collectively Acquirer) and Customer, as defined in the Terms of Service (“Submerchant), in connection with the agreement between Submerchant and AMERICAN SERVICE FINANCE, LLC, D/B/A ASF PAYMENT SOLUTIONS (“Provider).  Acquirer will provide Submerchant with certain payment processing services  (“Servicesin accordance with the terms of this Agreement.   In consideration of Submerchants receipt of credit or debit card funded payments, and participation in programs affiliated with Mastercard International Inc. (Mastercard), VISA U.S.A. Inc. (VISA“), Discover (“Discover), and certain similar entities (collectively, Associations), Submerchant is required to comply with the Operating Regulations (defined below) as they pertain to applicable credit and debit card payments. In addition, if Submerchant meets certain requirements under the Operating Regulations or an Association or the Operating Regulations otherwise require, Submerchant may be required to enter into a direct relationship with an entity that is a member of the Associations.  By executing this Agreement, Submerchant has fulfilled such requirement. However, Acquirer understands that Submerchant may have contracted with Provider to obtain certain processing services and that Provider may have agreed to be responsible to Submerchant for all or part of Submerchants obligations contained herein.

 NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing recitals and of the mutual promises contained herein, the parties agree as follows:


1. Certain Submerchant Responsibilities.  Sub-merchant agrees to comply, and to cause third parties acting as Submerchants agent (“Agents) to comply, with the Associations and other payment networks bylaws, operating regulations and/or all other rules, policies and procedures, including but not limited to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, the VISA Cardholder Information Security Program, the Mastercard Site Data Protection Program, and any other program or requirement that may be published and/or mandated by the Associations or payment networks (collectively “Operating Regulations). Sub-merchant may review the VISA, Mastercard, and Discover websites for a copy of the Visa, Mastercard and Discover regulations.  The websites are: business/regulationsfees.html and and Sub– merchant also agrees to comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws, rules, and regulations (Laws). Without limiting the foregoing, Submerchant agrees that it will fully comply with any and all antimoney laundering laws and regulations, including but not limited to the USA PATRIOT Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the Federal Trade Commission and obligations imposed by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  For purposes of this section, Agents include, but are not limited to, Submerchants software providers and/or equipment providers.


If appropriately indicated in Submerchants agreement with Provider, Submerchant may be a limitedacceptance merchant, which means that Submerchant has elected to accept only certain Visa and Mastercard card types (i.e., consumer credit, consumer debit, and commercial cards) and Sub-merchant must display appropriate signage to indicate the same.  Acquirer has no obligation other than those expressly provided under the Operating Regulations and applicable law as they may relate to limited acceptance. Submerchant, and not Acquirer, will be solely responsible for the implementation of its decision for limited acceptance, including but not limited to policing th e card type(s) accepted at the point of sale.


Submerchant shall only complete sales transactions produced as the direct result of bona fide sale made by Submerchant to cardholders, and is expressly prohibited from presenting sales transactions which are produced as a result of sales made by any person or entity other than Submerchant, or for any purposes related to any illegal or prohibited activity, including but not limited to moneylaundering or financing of terrorist activities.


Submerchant may set a minimum transaction amount to accept a card that provides access to a credit account, under the following conditions: i) the minimum transaction amount does not differentiate between card issuers; ii) the minimum transaction amount does not differentiate between Mastercard, Visa, or any other acceptance brand; and iii) the minimum transaction amount does not exceed ten dollars (or any higher amount established by the Federal Reserve).  Submerchant may set a maximum transaction amount to accept a card that provides access to a credit account, under the following conditions: Submerchant is a i) department, agency or instrumentality of the U.S. government; ii) corporation owned or controlled by the U.S. government; or iii) Submerchant whose primary business is reflected by one of the following MCCs: 8220, 8244, 8249 – Schools, Trade or Vocational; and the maximum transaction amount does not differentiate between Mastercard, Visa, or any other acceptance brand.


2. Submerchant Prohibitions.  Sub-merchant must not i) require a cardholder to complete a postcard or similar device that includes the cardholder’s account number, card expiration date, signature, or any other card account data in plain view when mailed ; ii) add any tax to transactions, unless applicable law expressly requires that a Submerchant impose a tax (Any tax amount, if allowed, must be included in the transaction amount and not collected separately); iii) request or use an account number for any purpose other than as payment for its goods or services; iv) disburse funds in the form of travelers checks if the sole purpose is to allow the cardholder to make a cash purchase of goods or services from Submerchant; v) disburse funds in the form of cash unless Submerchant is dispensing funds in the form of travelers checks, TravelMoney cards, or foreign currency (in such case, the transaction amount is limited to the value of the travelers checks, TravelMoney cards, or foreign currency, plus any commission or fee charged by the Submerchant), or Sub-merchant is participating in a cash back service; vi) submit any transaction receipt for a transaction that was previously charged back to the Acquirer and subsequently returned to Submerchant, irrespective of cardholder approval; vii) accept a Visa consumer credit card or commercial Visa product issued by a U.S. issuer to collect or refinance an existing debt; viii) accept a card to collect or refinance an existing debt that has been deemed uncollectable; or ix) submit a transaction that represents collection of a dishonored check. Submerchant further agrees that, under no circumstance, will Sub-merchant store cardholder data in violation of the Laws or the Operating Regulations including but not limited to the storage of track-2 data. Neither Submerchant nor its Agent shall retain or store magneticstripe data subsequent to the authorization of a sales transaction.


3. Settlement.  Upon receipt of Submerchants sales data for card transactions, Acquirer will process Submerchants sales data to facilitate the funds transfer between the various Associations and Submerchant.  After Acquirer receives credit for such sales data, subject to the terms set forth herein, Acquirer will fund Submerchant, either directly to the SubmerchantOwned Designated Account or through Provideto an account designated by Provider (“Provider Designated Account), at Acquirers discretion, for such card transactions.  Submerchant agrees that the deposit of funds to the Provider Designated Account shall discharge Acquirer of its settlement obligation to Submerchant, and that any dispute regarding the receipt or amount of settlement shall be between Provider and Submerchant. Acquirer will debit the Provider Designated Account for funds owed to Acquirer as a result of the Services provided hereunder, provided that Acquirer may also debit Submerchants designated demand deposit account (“SubmerchantOwned Designated Account) upon receipt of such account information from Submerchant or Provider, or if Acquirer deposits settlement funds into the SubmerchantOwned Designated Account. Further, if a cardholder disputes a transaction, if a transaction is charged back for any reason, or if Acquirer reasonably believes a transaction is unauthorized or otherwise unacceptable, the amount of such transaction may be charged back and debited from Submerchant or Provider.


4. Term and Termination. This Agreement shall be binding upon Submerchant upon Sub-merchants execution. The term of this Agreement shall begin, and the terms of the Agreement shall be deemed accepted and binding upon Acquirer, on the date Acquirer accepts this Agreement by issuing a merchant identification number, and shall be coterminous with Providers agreement with Submerchant.


Notwithstanding the foregoing, Acquirer may immediately cease providing Services and/or terminate this Agreement without noti ce if (i) Sub– merchant or Provider fails to pay any amount to Acquirer when due, (ii) in Acquirers opinion, prov ision of a service to Submerchant or Provider may be a violation of the Operating Regulations or any Laws, (iii) Acquirer believes that Submerchant has violated or is likely to violate the Operating Regulations or the Laws, (iv) Acquirer determines Submerchant poses a financial or regulatory risk to Acquirer, Member Bank, or an Association, (v) Acquirer’s agreement with Provider terminates, (vi) any Association deregisters Provider, (vii) Acquirer ceases to be a member of the Associations or fails to have the required licenses, or (viii) Acquirer is required to do so by Member Bank or any of the Associations.


5. Limits of Liability.  Submerchant agrees to provide Acquirer, via a communication with Provider, with written notice of any alleged breach by Acquirer of this Agreement, which notice will specifically detail such alleged breach, within thirty (30) days of the date on which the alleged breach first occurred.  Failure to so provide notice shall be deemed an acceptance by Submerchant and a waiver of any and all rights to dispute such breach.


EXCEPT FOR THOSE EXPRESS WARRANTIES MADE IN THIS AGREEMENT, ACQUIRER DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE Submerchants sole and exclusive remedy for any and all claims against Acquirer arising out of or in any way related to the transactions contemplated herein shall be termination of this Agreement.  In the event that Sub-merchant has any claim arising in connection with the Services, rights, or obligations defined in this Agreement, Submerchant shall proceed against Provider and not against Acquirer, unless otherwise specifically set forth in the Operating Regulations.  In no event shall Acquirer have any liability to Sub– merchant with respect to this Agreement or the Services. Submerchant acknowledges Acquirer is only providing this Agreement to assist in Providers processing relationship with Submerchant, that Acquirer is not liable for any action or failure to act by Provider, and that Acquirer shall have no liability whatsoever in connection with any products or services provided to Sub-merchant by Provider. If Provider is unable to provide its services to Submerchant in connection with this Agreement and Acquirer elects to provide those services directly, Sub– merchant acknowledges and agrees that the provisions of this Agreement will no longer apply and the terms of Acquirers thencurrent Bank Card Merchant Agreement, which would be provided to Submerchant upon request, will govern Acquirers relationship with Submerchant. If Provider subsequently provides its services to Submerchant in connection with this Agreement, Acquirer will cease to provide such services after receipt of notice from Provider and this Agreement will govern Acquirers relationship with Submerchant.


6. Miscellaneous.  This Agreement is entered into, governed by, and construed pursuant to the laws of the State of Ohio without regard to conflicts of law provisions.   This Agreement may not be assigned by Submerchant without the prior written consent of Acquirer. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors, transferees and assignees. This Agreement is for the benefit of, and may be enforced only by, Acquirer and Submerchant and is not for the benefit of, and may not be enforced by, any other party.  Submerchant shall not disclose any Acquirer confidential information to any person or entity (other than to those employees or agents of Submerchant who participate directly in the performance of this Agreement and need access to such information, or in response to a valid subpoena, court order, or Association requirement.)  Acquirer may amend this Agreement upon notice to Submerchant in accordance with Acquirers standard operating procedure. If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be illegal or invalid, such illegality or invalidity of that provision will not affect any of the remaining provisions and this Agreement will be co nstrued as if such provision is not contained in the Agreement.  Member Bankas used in this Agreement shall mean a member of VISA, Mastercard and/or Discover, as applicable, that provides sponsorship services in connection with this Agreement.  As of the commencement of this Agreement, Member Bank shall be Fifth Third Bank, N. A., located in Cincinnati, OH, 45263.   The Member Bank is a party to this Agreement.  The Member Bank may be changed, and its rights and obligations assigned to another party by Acquirer at any time without notice to Sub-merchant.