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Banks have won a two-yearÂ court battle, dealing a major blow to hundreds of thousands of customers seeking to claim back billions of pounds of what they say are unfair overdraft charges.
The new Supreme Court found that the Office of Fair Trading cannot use customer protection rules to investigate whether the fees were levied unfairly.
The landmark ruling in favour of seven banks and one building society overturns two previous rulings that said the OFT had the power to investigate the unauthorised overdraft fees because the charges fell under the scope of consumer contract law.
The Supreme Court, however, said the charges form part of the fees for current account services and could not be assessed for fairness under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations.