NEW YORK – The board of the National Grocers Association, a named plaintiff and class representative in the Visa and MasterCard antitrust suit, voted to opt out of the landmark settlement, creating a new dilemma for the federal judge who is reviewing the deal for final approval.

The Grocers’ group said it will formally object to the deal and will urge its 1,200 member companies, including the nation’s biggest grocers, to opt out and object.

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