State of Hawaii Files Lawsuit Against Seven Major Credit Card Companies

Today, April 12, 2012, the Hawaii Attorney General David M. Louie filed lawsuits in against seven major credit card companies in the First Circuit Court. The lawsuits allege that they deceptively charged their Hawaii customers for products that did not actually provide the benefits claimed or for products not requested by the customer. The seven credit card companies that have been named in the suit include Barclays, Bank of America, Chase, Capital One, HSBC, Discover, and their subsidiaries.

An example of an improper charge is when the credit card company bills a customer for a “payment protection” plan or some other similar service, which is supposed to pay the minimum monthly payments for a cardholder to protect their credit in certain circumstances. Customers have been signed up for these programs without being made aware of the many restrictions, or without even qualifying for it in the first place. The companies use telemarketing calls and predatory tactics in order to sign customers up for services they don’t qualify for or want. According to the lawsuit, credit card companies are unlike other telemarketers in that they already have their customers’ credit card information, and can thus charge them without their consent or knowledge.

The state of Hawaii is being represented by Rick Fried, a local attorney, together with Baron & Budd of Dallas, TX and Golomb Legal, P.C. of Philadelphia, PA.