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    Flying J to Accept Comdata Methods of Payment

    Companies come to agreement after years of turmoil.

    OGDEN, Utah -- Comdata methods of payment will now be accepted at more than 250 Flying J locations across the U.S. and Canada will now accept Comdata methods of payment, according to a report by TruckingInfo.com.

    "We are pleased an agreement has been made that will enable Flying J to immediately accept Comdata cards at our locations," said Flying J President and CEO Crystal Maggelet in a released statement. "This arrangement will provide a new payment method which will enable more motor carriers and professional drivers to have access to Flying J's fuel network."

    Comdata President Brett Rodewald said the company looks forward to renewing its partnership with Flying J, adding the two companies have not worked together in a while. In 1996, Flying J sued Comdata, alleging the company's refusal to process the TCH card on its Trendar network violated antitrust laws, the report stated. In a settlement agreement in 2001, Comdata agreed to pay $49 million in damages to Flying J and granted the chain two licenses, including one to process TCH on Trendar.

    Following that settlement agreement, Comdata configured the network to process TCH as a proprietary card, but did so only where merchants consented, and many Flying J competitors chose to not accept the TCH MasterCard as a proprietary card, according to the truckstop association NATSO and TruckingInfo.com.

    Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that Flying J could not require merchants to accept proprietary functions on its trucker fleet cards.

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