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By Paulina Duran

a sign in front of a tall building in a city: FILE PHOTO: The logo of the National Australia Bank is displayed outside their headquarters building in central Sydney

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of the National Australia Bank is displayed outside their headquarters building in central Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – National Australia Bank , the country’s third largest lender, has admitted to misleading customers more than a thousand times in a lawsuit accusing its financial planners of charging fees for no service, according to court documents.

According to an Oct. 2 document on agreed statements of facts and admissions filed with the Federal Court, the bank admitted to some but not all of the accusations levelled at it by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).


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NAB clients received written statements that contained service representations that were “misleading or deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive” on 1,485 occasions, the document said.

On another 225 occasions, the bank failed to provide clients with fee disclosure statements in a timely manner as required by law, it also said.

In December 2019, the regulator accused NAB of 8,927 cases of fees for no service and 3,420 instances of unconscionable conduct. ASIC said the fees were even charged to customers during 2018 Royal Commission hearings into misconduct in the financial sector, at which the bank’s executives defended the practice.

The bank declined to comment on the case – the second ‘fees for no service’ case brought against it by ASIC. Last month, Australia’s federal court fined pension funds run by NAB A$57.5 million ($41 million) for charging fees with no service to thousands of retirees.

The bank began implementing a program in December 2018 to refund financial planning clients who had paid fees but not received the required

DALLAS, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Witherite Law Group, a leading personal injury law firm with locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Atlanta, Georgia announced today that Elisabeth “Lis” Buchanan, a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, has joined their team as a medical and client treatment in-house consultant to provide expertise in helping guide the medical treatment of their personal injury clients.

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Buchanan will review and analyze case management and medical records and advise the firm’s pre-litigation and litigation teams on the best treatment options to ensure clients get proper medical evaluations and treatment for their injuries. Buchanan will also help educate the firm’s lawyers and case managers as it relates to fully understanding and explaining the medical aspects of cases to insurance adjustors, opposing counsel and jurors.

A nationally Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Buchanan also holds a Doctorate in clinical practice and a Masters in Healthcare Administration with over 30 years of experience in healthcare and litigation support for discovery, depositions, and an expert witness for jury trials.

In joining the car and truck accident firm, Buchanan stated, “Throughout my career, I’ve strived to be inspirational, innovative and influential in using my expertise as a clinician. I look forward to doing this in support of our clients to ensure they get the quality care they need and help them recover from their car or truck accident injuries as quickly as possible.”

Amy Witherite, truck accident attorney and founding partner stated, “It’s not uncommon for a health insurance company to employ a Patient Care Coordinator. And law firms do sometimes employ nurses. However, those nurses are generally limited to reading records and doing chronologies. We’re demonstrating our ‘People First, You Matter’ philosophy by structuring Lis’ role to help coordinate care with the doctors and therapists and ensure

The normalizing of coronavirus is happening even as the crisis grips the nation. The change arrives in big and small ways, some of them loudly, some not.

Connecticut opens up restaurants to 75 percent capacity on Thursday. That’s a high-profile normalizer.