SAN FRANCISCO — Plaintiffs' attorneys have sued scores of banks over the manipulation of overdraft fees. But they've never enjoyed a more complete victory than in Gutierrez v. Wells Fargo (WFC).

A district court judge awarded plaintiffs "full damages" of $203 million in 2010 for the case, which charged that the San Francisco bank quietly reordered debit transactions so that its customers racked up more overdraft fees. On Tuesday, Wells took its shot at overturning that judgment, appearing before appellate judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to argue that the earlier verdict was unjustified.

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