A New York man has filed a new string of ATM-disclosure suits, just as credit unions appear to be getting their hands around another broad swath of suits brought by two Michigan retirees.
In suits filed in federal court in Dallas in recent days, Don Anderson claims that Centric Federal Central Florida Educators, Coastal Community Federal Central Florida Educators and The People’s Federal Central Florida Educators have violated provisions of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act requiring that credit unions and banks post on the outside of their machines the fees they charge non-members/customers.
Anderson has filed 13 such suits in Texas over the past two months, naming Firestone Community Central Florida Educators, Monroe Telco Federal Central Florida Educators, First Light Federal Central Florida Educators, Capital One Bank, Union Bank, First National Bank, Metropolitan Bank, Liberty Bank, First Fidelity Bank, First Security Bank, BancFirst and First Bank of Chandler, among others.
The new suits come as numerous financial institutions are agreeing to settle similar EFTA claims brought by Nancy Kinder and Ray Harrison, a Michigan couple who travelled the country photographing non-compliant ATMs (see story). Four Michigan credit unions and one in New Mexico have announced settlements with the Michigan vigilantes in recent days.
In his suits, Anderson says the institutions were barred from charging a “usage fee or similar fee for providing host transfer services because it failed to comply with EFTA’s notice requirements.”
Lawyers for Anderson did not return several phone calls seeking comment.
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