Dallas Morning News wrote an article as part of their watchdog report about business charging fees to customers for using credit and debit cards. In their research, the journalist discovered a new regulation had passed. The regulation was not only at the state level but also at the federal level. The regulation allowed businesses to offer a discount for paying with cash, show two different prices, or add a fee to the sale total. The purpose behind this new regulation was to offset the fees charged to a business for accepting credit and debit cards as a form of payment. The 9 small businesses that banned together won the lawsuit, opening the opportunity for all businesses to offset the fees paid for accepting credit and debit cards.