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Wells Fargo HELOC Class Action Settlement

By Kimberly Mirando

 

Wells FargoA California federal court has granted preliminary approval to a class action lawsuit settlement with Wells Fargo Bank that affects HELOC borrowers nationwide. If Wells Fargo suspended or reduced your Home Equity Line of Credit (“HELOC”), you may be entitled to benefits from the class action settlement.

The Wells Fargo HELOC settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit, entitled Marika Hamilton v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., that alleges Wells Fargo improperly suspended borrowers’ HELOC’s based on false claims that their financial circumstances had deteriorated or that their homes had significantly declined in value.

Wells Fargo denies it violated the law, but has agreed to a class action lawsuit settlement to avoid ongoing litigation.

You are a Class Member of the Wells Fargo HELOC class action lawsuit settlement if you meet the following criteria:

1. You are a member of the Financial Circumstances Class if you were a Person in the United States from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011 whose Wells Fargo HELOC account was suspended or reduced by Wells Fargo based on a claim by Wells Fargo that your financial circumstances had experienced an adverse material change to justify the suspension or reduction.
  
2. You are a member of the Property Value Class if you were a Person in the United States from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011 whose Wells Fargo HELOC account was suspended or reduced based on a claim by Wells Fargo that the value of the property securing the HELOC (i.e., your home) had experienced a significant decline in value to justify the suspension or reduction. 

3. You are a member of the Former Customer Class if you were a Person in the United States from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011 who (i) closed his or her HELOC account following a suspension or reduction of the account by Wells Fargo based upon a claim by Wells Fargo that there was either a material adverse change in your financial circumstances, or a significant decline in the value of the property securing the HELOC, and (ii) incurred a Deferred Origination Fee from Wells Fargo as a result of the closure.

The Wells Fargo HELOC class action settlement provides a number of benefits to Class Members, including, but not limited to, the following:

– Members of the Financial Circumstances Class and Property Value Class will have their HELOCs proactively considered for reinstatement by Wells Fargo for a period of 12 months following final approval of the class action lawsuit settlement. Wells Fargo will conduct 4 rounds of proactive account reinstatements during this period. These Class Members will automatically receive this settlement benefit.

– Members of the Former Customer Class will receive a $150 cash award if they submit a Claim Form verifying (i) that they closed their HELOC account in response to Wells Fargo’s suspension or reduction of their account based on an adverse change in financial circumstances or a significant decline in their property value, and (ii) that they incurred a Deferred Origination Fee from Wells Fargo after closing the account. Claim Forms must be submitted to the Settlement Administrator postmarked by June 25, 2012. Claim Forms can be found online at www.HELOCsettlement.com or by calling 866-459-0120.

More information on your rights in the Wells Fargo HELOC Class Action Lawsuit Settlement, as well as a detailed breakdown of all the settlement benefits, can be found at www.HELOCsettlement.com.

 
You can also find detailed instructions on how to file a valid claim and ensure you receive your $150 cash payment in our Open Lawsuit Settlements section.

 

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Updated February 29th, 2012

 

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7 Comments

  • Anonymous May 29, 2012

    WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET THE CALIM FORM NOW

    THANK YOU

  • Anonymous May 29, 2012

    PLEASE SEND THE CLASS A FORM TODAY

  • Anonymous June 26, 2012

    i want to submit claim form

  • Frank J yesalavich,J January 9, 2013

    We received notice from the HELOC claims adminstrator last year. We still have a HELOC but have never received any settlement info from Wells Fargo. Credit line has not been reverted or reinstated.

  • david silvers January 29, 2013

    please send claims form

  • geraldine calvo February 21, 2013

    Please send me the form today, so I can submit it as soon as possible. thanks

  • Susan Paton October 11, 2013

    Where do I get a form? We received the notice of a class action suite. Our line of credit was reduced. during that time and has stayed the same.

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