Decision can still be appealed and National Retail Federation said it's considering that route.
Both sides of testy dispute issue statements ahead of New York hearing.
National ATM Council trade group objects that it's included in proposed settlement while it has its own case ongoing against card brands.
Two trade associations of retailers have filed briefs asking a judge to reject the proposed settlement of that suit.
New York federal judge sets Nov. 9 as hearing date for arguments for and against proposed card interchange settlement.
The Electronic Payments Coalition expects both sides of a proposed settlement on card interchange will file definitive settlement agreement on Friday.
The question of whether or not the Federal Reserve went far enough or too far in capping debit card interchange in accord with the Durbin amendment went before a U.S. District Court Judge recently.
National Retail Federation exploring intervention, not a party to the original legal fight.
Merchants Payments Coalition report says interchange rates not to blame for bank fee boosts.
Interchange settlement now opposed by Retail Industry Leaders Association, which includes Walmrt, Apple, Pepboys and Abercrombie & Fitch, among others.