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ASIC instigates legal action against major bank

By Cameron Micallef · July 26 2019
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ASIC instigates legal action against major bank

By Cameron Micallef
July 26 2019
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ASIC

ASIC instigates legal action against major bank

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By Cameron Micallef · July 26 2019
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ASIC

One of the big four banks will soon find itself in court over its fee-charging practices, after it was advised that the Australian Securities and Investment Commission is intending to commence civil penalty proceedings against it.

ASIC has advised ANZ that it will commence the proceedings in relation to the charging of fees for periodical payments in certain circumstances prior to February 2016.

ASIC said it will allege that ANZ was not entitled to charge certain periodic payment fees under the bank’s contracts with its customers.

These fees have already been the subject of a class action, which was settled in December 2018 for $1.5 million, pending court approval.

During the 2003-16 period, it’s alleged that the transaction fee for periodical payments varied between $1.70 and $4 for business accounts and was either $4 or free for retail accounts, with non-payment fees for periodical payments varying between $35 and $45 for business accounts and between $6 and $45 for retail accounts.

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ASIC alleges that between 26 July 2013 and 23 February 2016, ANZ unlawfully charged fees to customers on at least 1,340,087 occasions.

The Australian Government Solicitor has informed ANZ it will file documents in the Federal Court on 29 July.

In a statement to the ASX, ANZ said is still considering the matter raised by ASIC, but has categorically denied any deliberate wrongdoing. 

It does intend to vigorously defend the allegations.

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