Numerous bank overdraft fee lawsuits have been filed around the country by Americans who want to know why they are being charged outrageous fees, without consent, when their accounts are overdrawn. If you have ever dealt with unfair overdraft fees, you may be eligible to join one of the multi-district lawsuits (MDL) currently in process against many of the country’s banks.
What is overdraft protection law and how does it work?
The overdraft protection law prevents banks from automatically charging their customers for overdrawing on their accounts. In 2010, the Federal Reserve declared that banks must simply reject transactions if there are insufficient funds in customers’ bank accounts. Customers may choose to opt into overdraft coverage and allow these transactions. In these cases, banks are entitled to charge fees, provided they have been agreed to by the customers.
Should I be charged for overdraft protection?
Overdraft protection can be beneficial. They enable customers to make important payments if they are temporarily low on funds, meaning that their payment history with creditors doesn’t suffer. However, it should be used sparingly. The important thing is that the protection practices are run honestly and the fees are not excessive. The main complaint that bank customers have is that the fees are charged without notice or prior consent and that they are unreasonable.
If you are among those bank clients who are unhappy with the way in which your bank has managed your overdraft protection, you can join an overdraft fee class-action lawsuit. Contact Shamis & Gentile and book a consultation with a bank overdraft fee lawyer.