A sign of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank is seen in front of their headquarters tower in Manhattan, New York
A sign of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank is seen in front of their headquarters tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

A J.P. Morgan Chase lawsuit, which accused the bank of overcharging customers that bought cryptocurrencies with its credit card, has been settled out of court.

Plaintiff Brady Tucker first brought the lawsuit against Chase in April 2018, when he complained that the bank had charged him more than the regular amount of $160 in fees and interest when purchasing crypto from Coinbase with his credit card in. Tucker accused the bank of violating its cardholder terms of service by not informing its clients about a change it has done to its cryptocurrency purchase policy in January 2018.

He accused the bank of not informing its customers for ten days, after crypto purchases began to be treated as “cash advances”, which have higher fees, and that the bank has violated the Truth in Lending Act. In July 2018 the bank sought a dismissal of the case, which resulted in Tucker filing an amended complaint alongside fellow plaintiffs Ryan Hilton and Stanton Smith.


The original complaint filed by the plaintiffs, which claimed to represent potentially thousands of J.P. Morgan Chase cardholders affected by the unannounced changes, sought to have the bank fully refund all wrongfully made charges, and pay $1 million in statutory damages. Even though details of the settlement were not disclosed, all parties now have 75 days to submit their stipulations of settlement.

Like many other U.S. consumer banks, in February 2018 J.P. Morgan banned the purchasing of cryptocurrency with their credit cards. Even though the ban still remains in place, J.P. Morgan has already started client trials of its “JPM Coin” cryptocurrency, which aims to speed up and improve inter-company remittance.

Last year, the bank also helped the Monetary Authority of Singapore in developing a blockchain-based multi-currency payment system. The prototype was designed to “provide interfaces for other blockchain networks to connect and integrate seamlessly”, as to enable payments denominated in different currencies to be completed on the same network.