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CU is among FIs sued over ATM fee disclosures
PITTSBURGH (6/3/09)--Consumers filed nine lawsuits within two weeks in a federal court in Pittsburgh claiming there was no notice about fees on ATMs they used. A credit union is among those being sued. The suits are seeking class-action status. The credit union, $593.9 million asset Clearview CU, based in Moon Township, Pa., is being sued by Daniela Helkowski, who claims she withdrew cash on May 7 from an ATM at the credit union's main branch and was charged $2.25 for the transaction. In the suit, which was filed May 19 in the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania, Helkowski said there was no sign at the ATM about the fees. The suit maintains the credit union's machine violates the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, which requires posting a notice "on or at" the ATM. The law requires notifying consumer of fees by signs located on or near the machines and on-screen before transactions are completed. Helkowki also filed a similar lawsuit against Sewickley (Pa.) Savings Bank on May 21. In that instance, she said she withdrew cash from the bank's ATM on May 6 and saw no disclosures about fees. Other defendants in similar suits include ATM Cash World, Northwest Savings Bank and Allegheny Valley Bank of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review June 1). The suits were all filed by the same Sewickley-based law firm.


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