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|U.S. Bank Overdraft Class Action Settlement Preliminarily Approved|
- Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:55
U.S. Bank Overdraft Class Action Settlement Preliminarily Approved
By Matt O'Donnell
A federal judge on Monday preliminarily approved a class action lawsuit settlement between U.S. Bank and checking account customers who were charged improper overdraft fees.
The July 29 decision by U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King comes nearly a year after U.S. Bank agreed to pay $55 million to settle three class action lawsuits pending in the massive multidistrict litigation (MDL), known as In re: Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, involving more than 30 different banks nationwide.
The class action settlement resolves allegations that U.S. Bank posted debit card transactions to consumer deposit accounts from highest to lowest dollar amount instead of the order in which they were made. Plaintiffs claim that, instead of declining transactions when an account had insufficient funds to cover a purchase, U.S. Bank authorized the transactions and reordered their posting to increase the number of overdraft fees charged to customers.
Class Members of the U.S. Bank overdraft settlement include anyone who had a U.S. Bank consumer deposit account that could be accessed with a U.S. Bank debit card during the applicable Class Period and who were charged one or more overdraft fees as a result of the bank’s improper debit posting policy.
The applicable Class Period depends on the state where your U.S. Bank deposit account was opened:
The amount of money you can receive from the U.S. Bank overdraft settlement will depend on the number of overdraft fees you incurred. Only a small percentage of all overdraft fees that were charged by U.S. Bank were affected by high to low posting. So, not every overdraft fee that was charged is eligible for payment under this class action settlement.
Payments will be automatically credited to your U.S. Bank account or (if you no longer have that account) by check mailed to the address U.S. Bank has on file. There is no claim filing process.
More information on your rights in the U.S. Bank Overdraft Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.USBankOverdraftSettlement.com. [Editor’s Note: this website was not yet active at time of publication.]
A Final Approval Hearing is scheduled for December 18, 2013.
The case is In re: Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, Case No. 1:09-md-02036, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:59