ONTARIO, Calif.-With one legal battle seemingly won, the California Credit Union League is turning its attention in 2013 to patent infringement lawsuits some litigants are filing against its member CUs.
In July Credit Union Journal reported the CCUL was looking into its options-including filing countersuits-as several of the Golden State's credit unions had been named in lawsuits alleging improper overdraft policies and practices.
At the time CCUL President Diana Dykstra said, "Credit unions that are the target of these lawsuits are forced to expend money on attorneys, and when the local media reports on the suits there is reputation risk to the credit unions."
Several cases were filed in late June in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Dykstra insisted the suits lacked merit, and indeed the actions later were withdrawn. Multiple attempts to reach Fernando F. Chavez, a San Jose, Calif.-based attorney identified as counsel for at least some of the plaintiffs, were not returned.
Dykstra recently told Credit Union Journal since the credit unions were successful in getting the overdraft lawsuits dismissed "there is nothing more we are doing at this point."
However, she added, "We are concerned about the recent round of patent infringement suits that have been filed and are watching them carefully to see how to best support our credit unions in this matter. But have no intention today to file any countersuits."