News today that West Coast Bank reached an agreement with the FDIC relating to its “courtesy coverage” overdraft protection. According to Brent Hunsberger’s report in The Oregonian, the issue was ineffective opt outs. But there is a bigger problem with Oregon banks ordering transactions in a way that triggers a cascade of overdraft charges.
I’m particularly interested in this area and looking at various cases. If you have had multiple overdraft charges assessed by Umpqua Bank, I’m interested in talking to you about the problems.
While it’s good that the FDIC stepped in, I am concerned that they did not fully take care of consumers who were affected by West Coast Bank’s overdraft charges. Still, enforcement is essential. Failing that, those of us who dare to fight the robber barons provide the next best thing.
Feel free to contact me if you have a story about Umpqua or any other Oregon bank that is overcharging on overdraft fees.