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|U.S. Bank Reaches $55M Overdraft Fee Class Action Settlement|
- Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:25
U.S. Bank Reaches $55M Overdraft Fee Class Action Settlement
By Mike Holter
U.S. Bank has agreed to pay $55 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing the bank of charging improper overdraft fees. The U.S. Bank overdraft fee settlement is just the latest to be reached in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving more than 30 different banks nationwide, entitled In re Checking Account Overdraft Litigation.
The U.S. Bank overdraft fee class action settlement will resolve allegations the bank improperly manipulated its customers’ debit card and ATM transactions by posting them in highest-to-lowest dollar amount rather than in the actual order in which they were initiated and authorized. The illegal practice was allegedly performed in order to generate excess overdraft fee revenues.
"We are pleased to have achieved this result for U.S. Bank customers who were adversely affected by this anti-consumer practice,” said the Plaintiff’s coordinating counsel. He said he expects the proposed U.S. Bank overdraft fee class action settlement to be presented to the Court for preliminary approval within 90 days.
U.S. Bank is not the first bank involved in the MDL to settlement similar claims. In addition to a $410 million settlement with Bank of America approved last year, class action overdraft fee settlements with JPMorgan Chase Bank ($110 million), Citizens Bank ($137.5 million) and PNC Bank ($90 million) have been announced in recent months. At least nine other banks have settled.
Keep checking Top Class Actions for details on how to file a claim for the U.S. Bank Overdraft Fee Class Action Lawsuit Settlement when they become available.
The case is In re Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, Case No. 09-md-02036, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (Miami).
UPDATE: A federal judge preliminarily approved the U.S. Bank overdraft fee class action settlement on July 29, 2013.
Updated July 31st, 2013
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