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ANZ hit with class action over ‘interest-free’ credit cards

  • December 01 2021
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ANZ hit with class action over ‘interest-free’ credit cards

By Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
December 01 2021

ANZ faces a class action for charging an outlawed retrospective interest on “interest-free” consumer credit cards. 

ANZ hit with class action

ANZ hit with class action over ‘interest-free’ credit cards

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  • December 01 2021
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ANZ faces a class action for charging an outlawed retrospective interest on “interest-free” consumer credit cards. 

ANZ hit with class action

In a statement issued on Wednesday (1 December), ANZ acknowledged that class action proceedings had been filed by Phi Finney McDonald in the Federal Court of Australia against the ANZ Group.

According to ANZ, the class action is said to cover certain credit cardholders in the period from 1 July 2010 to 1 January 2019.

“The class action is understood to allege that ANZ’s credit card contracts were unfair, and contravened the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act.

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“ANZ will review the claim and will provide any update as required,” the big four said.

In a statement provided to InvestorDaily, Phi Finney McDonald confirmed the class action was lodged on 29 November on behalf of Daniel Tour and other group members, alleging unfair contract terms and unconscionable conduct by ANZ in relation to the charging of since outlawed retrospective interest on “interest-free” consumer credit cards from 1 July 2010 to 1 January 2019.

The alleged misconduct by ANZ harmed everyday consumers by charging interest on purchase that they repaid in a timely manner and retroactively charging them interest on what had previously been interest-free purchases,” the law firm said. 

According to the allegations, the manner in which the ANZ charged interest made it impossible for the typical credit cardholder to understand the way interest would be calculated and how much interest would be charged.

In an example provided by the firm, ANZ is believed to have charged a consumer who paid off $90 of a $100 credit card bill interest on all $100, with the consumer said to have received no interest-free period even on the $90 of purchases that they paid on time.

Charging retrospective interest on credit cards with an interest-free period has been outlawed by Parliament since 1 January 2019 through amendment of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2019 (Cth)(NCCP) (New Scheme) by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Banking Measures No. 1) Bill 2018 (TLA Amendment). 

Phi Finney McDonald confirmed that ANZ credit cardholders do not need to take any active steps in order to participate in the class action.  

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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of nestegg and Smart Property Investment. Email Maja at [email protected]

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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of nestegg and Smart Property Investment. Email Maja at [email protected]

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