Serving on a jury is a civic responsibility. In Washington D.C., jurors are entitled to $4 for travel per day, and $30 for each day he or she sits on a jury. To save money, D.C. contracted with JPMorgan Chase to provide jurors with Chase Debit Cards. Jurors are not allowed to choose cash or a check.
Unbeknownst to jurors, the Chase Debit Cards are subject to a number of fees that reduce the amount of money jurors are legally entitled to. While Chase advertises that using an ATM is “free,” ATMs only issue cash in $20 bills. So jurors who are paid $4.00 cannot retrieve their cash from an ATM.
Moreover, Chase charges $7 to convert the Debit Card funds to cash, making it cost prohibitive for a person to convert a Debit Card with $4 to cash. And if the Debit Card goes unused for over a year, Chase charges $1.50 monthly for non-use. Chase also charges $0.25 for a declined debit card purchase. As a result of all of these fees, jurors may be unable to use the funds, or receive substantially less fees than what they are legally entitled to for performing their civic duty.
Levi & Korsinsky LLP is investigating unfair business practice claims against JPMorgan Chase for unfairly depriving jurors of their payments for jury service. If you received a Chase Debit Card for jury duty service, you should learn more.
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