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i like Martin Lewis..BUT..

i think he is wrong to lead people to think more people get paid out befor court than after, Its my experience that people are scared to push banks and lose out, The banks do force people to issue court action because more often than not they dont pay out just on the letters. so Martin please please dont tell people its easy, as its not as easy as you say. Thats why the court system is in meltdown. So get off your soap box and tell it like it really is


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I think the majority of people get paid out before there is actaully a court hearing, which is probably what Martin means.

Martin is very passionate about people exercising their rights, and over on MSE when things get to the court stge or difficulties occur with their claims then the mods send them over here to CAG

CAG and MSE both want the same end result and work together so that this can be acheived - this was never better demonstrated than by the recent hearings in Hull.


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i know what martin means!!!!!! BUT the fact is most people DO NOT get paid before court action


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I agree with baconbuttyman. I know Martin Lewis is doing the right thing but on the telly the other night he made it sound like you write a couple of letters to your bank and they pay up which is not generally true. People at least need to serve court papers and most banks will take it to the wire before paying up. All they'll offer before this is some derisory "good will" payment.


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He should try putting a claim in against Citicards - then he'll know just how frustrating the process can be. :D


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Please dont get me wrong, Martin is the consumers BEST advocate, BUT he needs to read more on the web sites about peoples experiences.


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The way i understand it is that the OFT are taking these bankers to court to decide if the t&c's are unfair, so here are my 2 questions.

 

1. surely if its ok for the banks to "suspend" all claims pending outcome of the case, the surely its only fair all penalty charges are suspended also pending the outcome of the case?

 

2. Surely this idea of suspending all claims should ONLY apply if you have involved the F.O.S., Surely the F.O.S. has no ground to intervene in a "private civil court case".


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1. Of course that would be good, but the consumer always gets the raw deal.

2. Court cases continue as normal, FOS / OFT cannot intervene, however some judges will stay matters pending the outcome of the test case.

 

Business as usual in the main:

Test Case


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Good point but alas Lloyds TSB have already issued a statement on their website stating they will still charge as they see their charges as basically being fit for the crime and not unfair plus they will ask for all cases to be suspended for as long as it takes, and they have stated it could be at least 1 year. Says it all for LTSB really.:rolleyes:


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And here it is from their website

 

Answers to questions on bank charges

 

 

Q: What is happening?

A: On 27 July, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), Lloyds TSB, six other UK banks and a building society started a court case to decide on the legality of unauthorised overdraft charges. Together, these banks and the building society provide more than 93% of current accounts in the UK.

This case is being called a "test case" because the decision will clarify the law in this area and is likely to apply to all current and new claims against current account providers about unauthorised overdraft charges.

We will continue to post updates on our website to keep customers informed of progress on the test case as this could run for at least a year.

 

Q: What will happen to customer complaints about unauthorised overdraft charges?

A: Lloyds TSB will suspend dealing with or resolving customer complaints on unauthorised overdraft charges while the test case is running.

If you do complain about your unauthorised overdraft charges, we will write to tell you that we have received your complaint and that we will record it on your file. When a final decision is reached in the test case, we will contact you as soon as possible to tell you how we will resolve your complaint. We will apply the decision in the court case to all complaints we receive.

 

Q: Why are the banks allowed to stop dealing with unauthorised overdraft charge complaints during the test case?

A: We applied to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for a suspension of the normal timetable for dealing with unauthorised overdraft charge complaints. The FSA decided that in the circumstances, it was appropriate to grant us a suspension of our obligations under the FSA's complaint handling rules whilst we seek legal certainty on this issue. The suspension is subject to a series of conditions designed to protect customers' rights. You can read the form of the FSA suspension (direction) here: www.fsa.gov.uk.

All customers who have made a written complaint on unauthorised overdraft charges but haven’t yet had a final response will receive a letter to explain the position with respect to their complaint.

 

Q: I’ve recently requested copy statements as the start of making acomplaint about bank charges. Can I still make a complaint?

A: We’re always happy to send copy statements on payment of our service fee. If you have requested them they should be sent to you within 40 days of payment of this fee. However, you should note that if you then write to make a complaint about your bank charges this will be treated as set out above.

 

Q: Can I make a court claim for a refund during the test case?

A: Yes, but we will apply to the court to put your case on hold while the test case is running. This is because the issues being raised in customer complaints on unauthorised overdraft charges are being considered in the test case.

 

Q: Can I complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service about my bank charges?

A: The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has decided not to review complaints about unauthorised overdraft charges while the test case is running. If you do complain to FOS, you will receive a letter explaining this and letting you know what will happen.

 

Q: What if I have already been made an offer?

A: We will stand by any offer to settle a complaint or court claim that we have already made to our customers. If you have received an offer to settle from us which is still outstanding we will be writing to you again shortly. Our letter will explain that customers have two months to decide whether to refuse our offer and wait for the decision in the test case. If you do choose to refuse an offer, and return the settlement amount to us, your complaint will be held and recorded by us until there is a final decision in the test case. We will then contact you again as soon as possible to finally resolve your complaint.

 

Q: I have already accepted an offer from you. Will my complaint be revisited?

A: If we have made a 'full and final settlement' which you have accepted, we believe it unlikely you would be awarded a further sum even if the test case indicates you could have claimed a potentially larger amount. However, accepting any such settlement does not stop you from asking for repayment on any further new charges incurred if the court finds they are unlawful.

 

Q: You’ve rejected my complaint, what can I do now?

A: You may wish to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. However as set out above, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has decided not to review complaints about unauthorised overdraft charges while the test case is running. If you do complain to FOS, you will receive a letter explaining this.

In addition, you can also make a court claim for a refund during the test case. However we will be applying to the court to put your case on hold while the test case is running. This is because the issues being raised in customer complaints on unauthorised overdraft charges are being considered in the test case.

 

Q: How long will the test case take?

A: At this time it is too soon to give any exact timescales for a conclusion to the test case but it could go for more than a year. We have agreed with the OFT and the FSA to conduct the test case in an efficient, prompt and orderly way.

 

Q: How can you continue to charge what you do for these services when there is legal challenge?

A: We believe that our current account fees and charges are clear and represent a fair charge for a banking service that is valued by our customers. That is why we have worked with the other major UK banks and the OFT to start legal proceedings, which we believe will clarify the law in this area.

 

Q: Does this test case and the suspension of unauthorised overdraft claims apply to my credit card complaint?

A: No this test case and the suspension applies only to complaints about unauthorised overdraft charges and the law which applies to them.

 

Q: Where can I find out more?

A:You can contact us by calling 0845 603 0899.

Alternatively, you can find more information through the following links:

The Financial Services Authority:

www.fsa.gov.uk

The Office of Fair Trading:

www.oft.gov.uk

The Financial Ombudsman Service:

www.financial-ombudsman.co.uk


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It will be interesting to see what happens to claims with banks not signed

up to the OFT agreement like A&L and Co-op. In theory they cannot refuse to deal with claims.

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Reading the OFT/Bank agrrement for the test case, it appears this will only apply to personal accounts and not business accounts. It will be interesting to see how the banks are going to deal with these.


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can we make claims for the other charges...then can we claim the overdraft charges after the farce case er i mean test case, so in theory, if we omit the overdraft charges then the claims should carry on as normal


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any comments?


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Interesting point you make buttyman about charges being suspended if they can stay cases. Personally I am close to submitting a court claim. A few months ago i changed from Lloyd's TSB to a different bank and moved all my DDs and SOs over but deliberately left a couple of small standing debit card payments. Total of £45. With charges its now over £300. This was to try and show how unfair the charges are especially with the T&Cs for debit card misuse stating it is breaking the agreement. This has been since roughly April time. Its now wit their collections department who phone and write regularly only to be told that as the account is under dispute that they shouldn't be pursuing me.

I'm now waiting to see if they take it further and issue a court claim against me. If they do I think it would be prudent for me to ask for a stay awaiting the outcome of the pending court case. Surely if its OK for them to ask for stays then whats the problem for us to ask as well.

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i have just been informed by Blackpool county court that all cases are likely to be "stayed" when they reach the allocation hearing, apart from that the staff were in the dark about the details


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i have asked this before and got no response so here goes again, can we claim for the unpaid direct debits & Standing orders etc as long as it doesnt involve over draft fee's


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You can still claim everything.


Abbey - *SETTLED IN FULL!* ;)

-£445 refunded after one phonecall

HERE

 

Lloyds - Reclaiming Charges ***WON!***

-09/05/07 - Prelim delivered

-22/05/07 - LBA sent - no response

-11/07/07 - Filed at court

- 26/07/07 - Full settlement offer!!!! Donation made ;)

HERE

 

Next - Trying to Sue us with no agreement! :lol:

-29/06/07 - Defence filed

-16/08/07 - AQ filed

-19/09/07 - Claim struck out!! :p

HERE and continued HERE

 

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to be honest, i know that, BUt, my local court says the stays are imminent, so i thought just claim the otheers for now and then go after the od charges when its settled, i dont see the point in holding up a claim fopr what could be up to 2 years


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to be honest, i know that, BUt, my local court says the stays are imminent, so i thought just claim the otheers for now and then go after the od charges when its settled, i dont see the point in holding up a claim fopr what could be up to 2 years

 

I'm really not sure what exactly you are asking?

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I'm really not sure what exactly you are asking?

 

 

I effectively am asking if the test case is only about over draft charges the if we JUST claim for all other penalty charges we should be ok with the court action as this is nothing to do with over drafts


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I have a little claim for just £78 + interest. I am about to issue court action for it tomorrow, so i thought i wouuld phone and try my luck, The charges are just 2 of them and are NOT for unauthorised overdraft fee's, they are purely unpaid direct debits, there fore to my thinking no way involved with the OFT action in london as this refers to unauthorised overdraft fee's and not unpaid d/d, The lady on the phone informed me that Helifax have put hold on all claims even if they dont involve overdraft fee's, hell, i gonna put it in any way and when its stayed i gonn tell thet there judge to look again as its nowt to do with the london case


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Yep go ahead and file your court case. Ive heard it all depends on the court if they want to wait, some courts are paying no attention to the OFT hearing. Best of luck anyway:)

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yep file claim to court ,, my court is carrying on as normal ,, halifax got til 13th to aknowledge then see what happens,,

best of luck :)

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Hi,sorry to jump in.

Maybe these are stupid questions but,

I cant find anything in this Q &A`s (see below) relating to `Payment reversals` etc etc

only `Unaurthorised overdraft charges`,so how can they suspend all complaints regarding all other types of charges ?

Surely if you were to continue with your complaint,but,omitting `unauthorised overdraft charges `for the time being ,they would still have to deal with it?

 

Am i missing the point here ? Are all charges applied to current accounts regarded as `Unauthorised Overdraught Charges` ?

They are certainly not indicated as such on the list of charges supplied to me from Intelligent Finance.

 

 

 

Answers to questions on bank charges

 

 

Q: What is happening?

A: On 27 July, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), Lloyds TSB, six other UK banks and a building society started a court case to decide on the legality of unauthorised overdraft charges. Together, these banks and the building society provide more than 93% of current accounts in the UK.

This case is being called a "test case" because the decision will clarify the law in this area and is likely to apply to all current and new claims against current account providers about unauthorised overdraft charges.

We will continue to post updates on our website to keep customers informed of progress on the test case as this could run for at least a year.

 

Q: What will happen to customer complaints about unauthorised overdraft charges?

A: Lloyds TSB will suspend dealing with or resolving customer complaints on unauthorised overdraft charges while the test case is running.

If you do complain about your unauthorised overdraft charges, we will write to tell you that we have received your complaint and that we will record it on your file. When a final decision is reached in the test case, we will contact you as soon as possible to tell you how we will resolve your complaint. We will apply the decision in the court case to all complaints we receive.

 

Q: Why are the banks allowed to stop dealing with unauthorised overdraft charge complaints during the test case?

A: We applied to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for a suspension of the normal timetable for dealing with unauthorised overdraft charge complaints. The FSA decided that in the circumstances, it was appropriate to grant us a suspension of our obligations under the FSA's complaint handling rules whilst we seek legal certainty on this issue. The suspension is subject to a series of conditions designed to protect customers' rights. You can read the form of the FSA suspension (direction) here: www.fsa.gov.uk.

All customers who have made a written complaint on unauthorised overdraft charges but haven’t yet had a final response will receive a letter to explain the position with respect to their complaint.

 

Q: I’ve recently requested copy statements as the start of making acomplaint about bank charges. Can I still make a complaint?

A: We’re always happy to send copy statements on payment of our service fee. If you have requested them they should be sent to you within 40 days of payment of this fee. However, you should note that if you then write to make a complaint about your bank charges this will be treated as set out above.

 

Q: Can I make a court claim for a refund during the test case?

A: Yes, but we will apply to the court to put your case on hold while the test case is running. This is because the issues being raised in customer complaints on unauthorised overdraft charges are being considered in the test case.

 

Q: Can I complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service about my bank charges?

A: The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has decided not to review complaints about unauthorised overdraft charges while the test case is running. If you do complain to FOS, you will receive a letter explaining this and letting you know what will happen.

 

Q: What if I have already been made an offer?

A: We will stand by any offer to settle a complaint or court claim that we have already made to our customers. If you have received an offer to settle from us which is still outstanding we will be writing to you again shortly. Our letter will explain that customers have two months to decide whether to refuse our offer and wait for the decision in the test case. If you do choose to refuse an offer, and return the settlement amount to us, your complaint will be held and recorded by us until there is a final decision in the test case. We will then contact you again as soon as possible to finally resolve your complaint.

 

Q: I have already accepted an offer from you. Will my complaint be revisited?

A: If we have made a 'full and final settlement' which you have accepted, we believe it unlikely you would be awarded a further sum even if the test case indicates you could have claimed a potentially larger amount. However, accepting any such settlement does not stop you from asking for repayment on any further new charges incurred if the court finds they are unlawful.

 

Q: You’ve rejected my complaint, what can I do now?

A: You may wish to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. However as set out above, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has decided not to review complaints about unauthorised overdraft charges while the test case is running. If you do complain to FOS, you will receive a letter explaining this.

In addition, you can also make a court claim for a refund during the test case. However we will be applying to the court to put your case on hold while the test case is running. This is because the issues being raised in customer complaints on unauthorised overdraft charges are being considered in the test case.

 

Q: How long will the test case take?

A: At this time it is too soon to give any exact timescales for a conclusion to the test case but it could go for more than a year. We have agreed with the OFT and the FSA to conduct the test case in an efficient, prompt and orderly way.

 

Q: How can you continue to charge what you do for these services when there is legal challenge?

A: We believe that our current account fees and charges are clear and represent a fair charge for a banking service that is valued by our customers. That is why we have worked with the other major UK banks and the OFT to start legal proceedings, which we believe will clarify the law in this area.

 

Q: Does this test case and the suspension of unauthorised overdraft claims apply to my credit card complaint?

A: No this test case and the suspension applies only to complaints about unauthorised overdraft charges and the law which applies to them.

 

Q: Where can I find out more?

A:You can contact us by calling 0845 603 0899.

Alternatively, you can find more information through the following links:

The Financial Services Authority:

www.fsa.gov.uk

The Office of Fair Trading:

www.oft.gov.uk

The Financial Ombudsman Service:

www.financial-ombudsman.co.uk

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