Parties in a putative class action alleging that defendant
improperly raised annual percentage rates charged to its credit
card holders have reached a $10 million settlement. Plaintiff
alleged that defendant had sought to raise the APR on her credit
card to more than double the "fixed" rate stated in her
card agreement. According to plaintiff, the bank offered her the
option of accepting the increased rate or canceling her credit card
despite plaintiff's insistence that she had never missed a
payment. Plaintiff filed suit on behalf of a putative class of
132,000 credit card customers, alleging violation of the California
Business and Professions Code and the Truth in Lending Act.
Defendant subsequently agreed to settle the lawsuit for 40% of the
claimed damages, including attorneys' fees and payment to
the named plaintiff.
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In moving for summary judgment, Nike argued that under its policies and procedures a credit card customer could not have reasonably perceived Nike's request for a ZIP code as a condition to completing a credit card transaction.
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