- take a straight $25 settlement if you traveled outside the US at least once in this period (and simply swear to that fact);
- get a somewhat larger settlement based on a declaration of how many total days you spent outside the US during that period (the settlement will be based on an estimated average figured out by the credit card companies and class action representatives); or
- provide a substantiated record of how much money you actually spent outside of the US during that period, and receive a refund of the fees actually charged.
Month: December 2011
Back in December of 2007, I posted about a proposed settlement for the Credit Card Foreign Transaction Fee class action suit. Members of the class had three options for recovery:
You might have heard of the case of Michael Sprick, a German cyclo-tourist who has been in a coma since October. He was enjoying the roads near Roanoke, Virginia as part of a NY-Miami tour, when he was hit by a truck driven by Norman Marchant. Mr. Marchant was convicted of driving with a suspended license and reckless driving yesterday. It appears he was fined $600. The 90-day jail sentence was suspended. I want to talk a little more about what happened, and how authorities responded, but I think it's best to start off with a report from Carol Colby, who was present for the trial.
Today's column was borne of a long running frustration with the lack of a decent connection between Columbia Pike and the Mount Vernon Trail. The proposed solutions - running past the Pentagon or connecting Long Bridge Park - would still require some connecting work to Columbia Pike. But the connections themselves would be the hardest part of the project. It's a shame the Pentagon can't be a better neighbor (and employer - loads of people working there would benefit from such a connection).