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ANZ bank given until June to respond to American Samoans' complaints

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The complaint filed by three American Samoa residents against ANZ Guam Inc., the parent company of ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank at the federal court in Guam, has raised a lot of interest in this case as well as its come.

Based on Samoa News’ reporting of the case — derived from federal court records — several residents believe that they may be facing a similar situation as the plaintiffs — Ronald Parker, Fa’afetai Parker and Tualagi Gaoteote, on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated. The complaint alleges that ANZ is liable for its systematic violations of the Truth in Lending Act  (TILA) of 1968.

Last week the federal court granted ANZ’s motion to extend from early next month to June 8, the timeframe to file an appropriate reply to the complaint, after the plaintiffs gave their endorsement.

According to ANZ, the additional time is needed in order for its legal team to travel to American Samoa to meet with ANZ staff there and to review documents relevant to the complaint and conduct an investigation into the allegations.