MERCHANT SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR SUB-MERCHANTS
This MERCHANT SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR SUB-MERCHANTS (“Agreement”) is made among WORLDPAY, LLC, having its principal office at 8500 Governors Hill Drive, Symmes Township, OH 45249-1384 and its designated Member Bank (collectively “Acquirer”) and Customer (also referred to as “Sub-merchant” in this Agreement) in connection with the agreement between Sub-merchant and Tebra Technologies, Inc. (“Provider”). Acquirer will provide Sub-merchant with certain payment processing services (“Services”) in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. In consideration of Sub-merchant’s 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), Sub-merchant is required to comply with the Operating Regulations (defined below) as they pertain to applicable credit and debit card payments. In addition, if Sub-merchant meets certain requirements under the Operating Regulations or an Association or the Operating Regulations otherwise require, Sub-merchant may be required to enter into a direct relationship with an entity that is a member of the Associations. By executing this Agreement, Sub-merchant has fulfilled such requirement. However, Acquirer understands that Sub-merchant may have contracted with Provider to obtain certain processing services and that Provider may have agreed to be responsible to Sub-merchant for all or part of Sub-merchant’s obligations contained herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing recitals and of the mutual promises contained herein, the parties agree as follows:
Certain Sub-merchant Responsibilities. Sub-merchant agrees to comply, and to cause employees and third parties acting as Sub- merchant’s agent (“Agents”) to comply, with each Association’s and other payment network’s by-laws, 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, including with respect to the use of an Association’s mark(s) (collectively "Operating Regulations"). Such Operating Regulations are incorporated by reference, and will control with respect to any conflict in terms between this Agreement and such Operating Regulation. The Associations make excerpts of their Operating Regulations available online, including via: https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/business/overview/support/rules.html; https://usa.visa.com/support/consumer/visa- rules.html; https://www.discoverglobalnetwork.com/content/dam/discover/en_us/dgn/pdfs/MIT-Implementation-Guide.pdf; https://www.americanexpress.com/merchantopguide. Sub-merchant also agrees to comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws, rules, and regulations (“Laws”). Sub-merchant hereby authorizes Acquirer to conduct background checks on Sub-merchant, including but not limited to credit checks and banking and financial history investigations, and share any information required by an Association. Without limiting the foregoing, Sub-merchant agrees that it will fully comply with any and all anti-money 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), and provide all necessary documentation to Acquirer promptly upon request. For purposes of this section, Agents include, but are not limited to, Sub-merchant’s software providers and/or equipment providers.
If appropriately indicated in Sub-merchant’s agreement with Provider, Sub-merchant may be a limited-acceptance merchant, which means that Sub-merchant 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. Sub-merchant, and not Acquirer, will be solely responsible for the implementation of its decision for limited acceptance, including but not limited to policing the card type(s) accepted at the point of sale.
Sub-merchant shall only complete sales transactions produced as the direct result of bona fide sale made by Sub-merchant 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 Sub-merchant, or for any purposes related to any fraudulent, unauthorized, illegal or prohibited activity, including but not limited to money-laundering or financing of terrorist activities. All fees associated with each Associations’ transactions must be separate and distinguishable from fees associated with other Card transactions.
Sub-merchant 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). Sub-merchant may set a maximum transaction amount to accept a card that provides access to a credit account, under the following conditions: Sub-merchant is a i) department, agency or instrumentality of the U.S. government; ii) corporation owned or controlled by the U.S. government; or iii) Sub-merchant 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.
Sub-merchant 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, including CVV2, in plain view when mailed; ii) add any tax or surcharge to transactions, except in compliance with Operating Regulations and applicable law; 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 Sub-merchant; v) disburse funds in the form of cash unless Sub-merchant 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 Sub-merchant), 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 Sub-merchant, 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. Sub-merchant 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 Sub-merchant nor its Agent shall retain or store magnetic-stripe data subsequent to the authorization of a sales transaction.
Sub-merchant must not engage in activities prohibited under the Payment Processing Terms, of which a representative, non-exhaustive list is available here. Sub-merchant is further prohibited from engaging in restricted activities under the Payment Processing Terms without express, written permission from Tebra, of which a representative, non-exhaustive list is available here .
Settlement. Upon receipt of Sub-merchant’s sales data for card transactions, Acquirer will process Sub-merchant’s sales data to facilitate the funds transfer between the various Associations and Sub-merchant. After Acquirer receives credit for such sales data, subject to the terms set forth herein, Acquirer will fund Sub-merchant, either directly to the Sub-merchant-Owned Designated Account or through Provider to an account designated by Provider (“Provider Designated Account”), at Acquirer’s discretion, for such card transactions. Sub-merchant agrees that the deposit of funds to the Provider Designated Account shall discharge Acquirer of its settlement obligation to Sub-merchant, and that any dispute regarding the receipt or amount of settlement shall be between Provider and Sub-merchant. 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 Sub-merchant’s designated demand deposit account (“Sub-merchant-Owned Designated Account”) upon receipt of such account information from Sub-merchant or Provider, or if Acquirer deposits settlement funds into the Sub-merchant-Owned 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 Sub-merchant or Provider.
Term and Termination. This Agreement shall be binding upon Sub-merchant upon Sub-merchant’s 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 Provider’s agreement with Sub-merchant.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Acquirer may immediately cease providing Services and/or terminate this Agreement without notice if (i) Sub- merchant or Provider fails to pay any amount to Acquirer when due, (ii) in Acquirer's opinion, provision of a service to Sub-merchant or Provider may be a violation of the Operating Regulations or any Laws, (iii) Acquirer believes that Sub-merchant has violated or is likely to violate the Operating Regulations or the Laws, (iv) Acquirer determines Sub-merchant poses a financial or regulatory risk to Acquirer, Member Bank, or an Association, (v) Acquirer’s agreement with Provider terminates, (vi) any Association de-registers 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.
Limits of Liability. Sub-merchant 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 Sub-merchant 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. Sub-merchant’s 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, Sub-merchant 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. Sub-merchant acknowledges Acquirer is only providing this Agreement to assist in Provider’s processing relationship with Sub-merchant, 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 Sub-merchant 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 Acquirer’s then-current Bank Card Merchant Agreement, which would be provided to Sub-merchant upon request, will govern Acquirer’s relationship with Sub-merchant. If Provider subsequently provides its services to Sub-merchant in connection with this Agreement, Acquirer will cease to provide such services after receipt of notice from Provider and this Agreement will govern Acquirer’s relationship with Sub-merchant.
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 Sub-merchant 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 Sub-merchant and is not for the benefit of, and may not be enforced by, any other party. Sub-merchant shall not disclose any Acquirer confidential information to any person or entity (other than to those employees or agents of Sub-merchant who participate directly in the performance of this Agreement and need access to such information, or, only to the extent strictly necessary, in response to a valid subpoena, court order, or Association requirement.) Acquirer may amend this Agreement upon notice to Sub-merchant in accordance with Acquirer’s standard operating procedure. An Association may audit or direct the audit of Sub-merchant at any time, and nothing herein shall limit an Association from limiting or terminating an agreement with Sub-merchant. 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 construed as if such provision is not contained in the Agreement. “Member Bank” as 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 similarly situated bank by Acquirer at any time without notice to Sub-merchant.