A new study of checking account practices found that
banks are still employing shady practices that hurt consumers, even after all the negative publicity in recent years.
Half of big banks continue to reorder consumer transactions, leading to
a hefty profit for banks each and every year. In fact, reordering checks
cost consumers $32 billion a year, according to the Consumer Financial
In addition to reordering or re-sequencing checks, banks also charge excessive
overdraft fees-up to $50 a transaction. More than 70% of banks charge
$35 or more each time a customer’s withdrawal exceeds their account
balance. And these charges are creeping even higher, according to a recent
study. Moebs Financial Services surveyed 2,800 banks and found that the
median fee for overdrawing had already crept up to $30 in 2013.
Banks are even allowing customers to overdraw their accounts at an ATM.
Instead of the ATM acting like a teller and telling the consumer that
he or she has insufficient funds, the ATMs will actually let the consumer
withdraw more than they have in their account, so they can tack on the
additional overdraft fees.
When you do have a complaint, banks make it difficult to take them to court
and often prefer to settle their complaints through a third-party mediator.
In addition, one in three banks require their customers to pay for the
bank’s legal expenses if they lose their case.
There is still so much improvement that needs to be done at big banks across
the country. Luckily, consumers don’t have to wait for their banks
to do the work. All consumers should pay close attention to their account
balances and to the fees that their institute imposes. Be sure you also
opt out of any overdraft protection programs.
While banks may seem to hold all the cards, there are still ways you can
hold them accountable for their shady practices. At Golomb & Honik,
our class action attorneys have experience taking large banking institutions
to court-and winning. We believe in shining a light on the fraudulent
practices that banks employ on a regular basis, and we fight aggressively
for consumers everywhere.
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If you or someone you love has suffered financially because of a fraudulent
or deceptive banking practice, you may be able to file a lawsuit. To learn
more about your rights and legal options, call the
Philadelphia class action lawyers at Golomb & Honik today at
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The national class action lawyers at Golomb & Honik have successfully
represented individuals throughout the United States in their quest for justice.