Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Fair Play on Fees to Lodge Documents Against BNZ And Westpac

Fair Play on Fees to Lodge Court Documents Against BNZ And Westpac for Unfair Fees

Fair Play on Fees has announced it will be lodging court documents to commence legal action against Westpac and BNZ for unfair exception fees.

The Court documents will be filed at the Auckland High Court on Wednesday, August 20.

Fair Play on Fees lawyer Andrew Hooker says the decision to lodge the Court documents follows recent developments in Australia where an appeal is being heard against the original judgment to class further fees as unlawful. The Australian appeal is to be heard in the High Court of Australia on 18 and 19 August 2014.

“Last year we announced we were would take action against these banks but held off filing the documents until judgments in Australia gave us a clearer picture of how the case could unfold in New Zealand.” He said. Andrew Hooker explained “We can now file against Westpac and BNZ with the knowledge that Courts in similar cases have found penalty fees, such as credit card late payment fees, to be unlawful.”

In February, Justice Michelle Gordon found that ANZ’s credit card late fees in Australia of up to $35 were a penalty and were ‘‘extravagant and unconscionable’. She also waived the usual six-year time limit on legal action saying there was no restriction on how far back class members could claim the late fees because they did not know the fees were unlawful until the lawsuit was lodged in 2010. Fair Play on Fees will argue the same point of contention in New Zealand.

Once the Court documents have been filed, BNZ and Westpac will be served with copies of the documents.

More than 41,600 people have registered to take part in the Fair Play on Fees action so far.

Hooker says customers of Westpac and BNZ need to sign up if they want to be involved in the action. Customers can join the action against unfair bank fees and join Fair Play on Fees by registering at www.fairplayonfees.co.nz.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news