STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --- Score one for John Q. Public.
A Staten Island judge has blistered the tactics of a bank, saying it acted "repugnant[ly]" in failing to credit the account of an Annadale man for an unauthorized withdrawal that occurred while he was away.
Judge Orlando Marrazzo Jr. recently ordered Chase Manhattan Bank to fork over $3,400 to Harshadray R. Shukla and scolded the bank for trying to skirt state law. Shukla had sued Chase in Richmond County Small Claims Court.
"Here, public policy condemns the actions of the defendant as being repugnant," wrote Marrazzo. "By law, the defendant cannot shorten nor vary to the determent the time frame of one year when the claimant (or any consumer of its banking establishment) can report an unauthorized withdrawal."
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