The Richmond Circuit Court, in the case of Chevy Chase Savings Bank v. Strong, ruled that a husband who was only an “authorized user” on a bank credit card issued to his wife was not liable to the bank for a $5,024 cash advance check he wrote on the credit card; only the wife was liable.
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The Court found that there was no indication in this case that husband exceeded his authority in executing the check against the account, or that he agreed to be personally liable for any debt incurred on his wife’s account. Accordingly, the court ruled that the liability for the debts belonged only to wife. The court ruled that the husband was not liable for any portion of the outstanding balance, including the amount of the check that he personally wrote.
The lesson from Strong - do not confuse guarantors with authorized users.