Bank of the West Abusive Overdraft Fees Class Action Lawsuit
Consumers have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Bank of the West for the alleged unfair and illegal assessment and collection of excessive overdraft fees.
Bank of the West's Alleged Fraud
The complaint charges that Bank of the West does not record charges and purchases on ATM or debit cards in the order they actually occurred. Instead, Bank of the West reorders the charges and purchases so that the largest charge or purchase is the first one paid by the bank. This manipulative practice is intentionally designed, the complaints allege, to maximize overdraft fee revenue.
Bank of the West's overdraft fee collection practices have impacted millions of Americans. In many instances, the overdraft fees cost customers hundreds of dollars in a matter of days, or even hours, when they may be overdrawn by only a few dollars. A series of small transactions over a weekend can result in hundreds of dollars in bank charges.
On December 18, 2012, the Court granted final approval to a settlement of $18 million. Complete information on the Bank of the West overdraft settlement can be obtained on the official settlement website, www.bankofthewestoverdraftsettlement.com, or by calling 1-800-383-5319.