Can a company automatically deduct funds from our business account without consent for an amount due on a piece of rental equipment?

It totaled almost 3k. We would have paid but was unhappy it was done without our knowledge or consent and put on a card number I was unaware that they had saved. We generally pay by check.

Asked on August 16, 2013 under Business Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

They may not do this unless you had previously agreed to let them use this credit card or account whenever there was a balance due and owing to them. You might check or review any agreements or contracts, to see if you did authorize them to do this.

If you have not been injured--that is, they only took  the amount that you did owe--there is effectively no legal recourse for that they did (the U.S. legal system generally only provides recourse for loss or harm, not simply for a violation of rights), though you should consider not renting from or doing business again with a place that saves card numbers and feels free to use them later.

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