Consumer Protection

Payment Protection Credit Cards

Result: $53.5 million in settlements
Year: 2013

Lieff Cabraser represented consumers in litigation in federal court against some of the nation’s largest credit card issuers, challenging the imposition of charges for so-called “payment protection” or “credit protection” programs.

The complaints charged that the credit card companies imposed payment protection without the consent of the consumer and/or deceptively marketed the service, and further that the credit card companies unfairly administered their payment protection programs to the detriment of consumers.

In 2012 and 2013, the Courts approved monetary settlements with HSBC ($23.5 million), Bank of America ($20 million), and Discover ($10 million) that also required changes in the marketing and sale of payment protection to consumers.