UK High Court Halts Probe Into Overdraft Fees

Law360, New York (November 25, 2009, 4:56 PM EST) -- In a big loss for consumers, Britain’s highest court has put an end to an antitrust regulator’s probe into whether overdraft fees charged by HSBC Holdings PLC, Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC and six other U.K. lenders are fair.

On Wednesday the Supreme Court overturned two earlier rulings that found that the Office of Fair Trading could press forward with its look into whether overdraft fees should be governed by laws regulating unfair terms in consumer contracts.

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