IRA Suit to Proceed against H&R Block
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge is rejecting H&R Block's attempt to dismiss a series of lawsuits over its Express IRA program. The judge said plaintiffs provided enough evidence to allow the case to proceed. It claims the company defrauded customers in marketing the Express IRA. The lawsuits argued that the company used deceptive practices when it marketed the retirement vehicle. They claimed that Block failed to explain fees that customers would have to pay. The company has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. It says the 600,000 customers who opened IRAs accumulated more than 360 million dollars and received additional tax savings. The company also says that for 40 percent of the customers, the IRA was their first significant savings.