Nick Carlin and David Given named as finalists for CAOC Consumer Attorneys of the Year
October 23, 2012 – The Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) has named Nick Carlin and David Given finalists for the "Consumer Attorney of the Year" award for their work in obtaining a $410 million settlement from Bank of America on behalf of customers who were overcharged for overdraft fees, one of the largest settlements in a consumer class action ever. Bank of America and other banks had engaged for years in a scheme to systematically process debit card transactions not in the order they occurred but from highest to lowest, for the sole purpose of maximizing overdraft fees. Carlin and Given originated the case, which was eventually consolidated with other lawsuits against the nations' leading banks in multi-district litigation. The federal judge who approved the settlement wrote: "This is a marvelous result for the members of the class ... but for the high level of dedication, ability and massive and incredible hard work by [their] attorneys ... I do not believe the Class would have ever seen a penny." For an article from Business Wire about the award nomination, click here.