A proposed class action out of New Jersey claims TD Bank, N.A. unlawfully deducts an additional fee—on top of an initial $35 overdraft fee—when customers’ overdraft status remains in effect for longer than 10 days. The lawsuit argues the collection of this additional fee, which TD Bank calls a “sustained fee for overdrawn accounts,” constitutes interest for the use, forbearance, or detention of customers’ money and far exceeds what is allowed under the National Bank Act.
The 14-page complaint, filed in New Jersey district court by a Connecticut woman, presents a hypothetical scenario in which the bank’s sustained overdrawn accounts fee would go into effect:
The sustained fee for overdrawn accounts is, in reality, an illegal interest rate based solely on customers’ alleged indebtedness to the bank, charged even though “the bank has provided nothing new in the way of services,” according to the lawsuit.
The suit takes issue with a provision in the defendant’s Personal Deposit Agreement, in which the plaintiff claims there is no disclosure that TD Bank will charge what amounts to interest on customers’ extended credit.
The proposed class for the suit covers all TD Bank checking and/or money market account holders in the U.S. who, within the last two years, incurred extended overdrawn balance charges.
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