Can A Bank Change The Terms Of A CD By One-Party Fiat?

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I had planned my 5-year financial future going forward by opening a series of laddered CD's, that were advertised as add-on CDs with no contribution limits for the life of the CDs. Some of them were existing specials. Others, I asked my contact at the bank what the best rate they would give me for a jumbo for a given term, and she came back with rates that were very attractive. And again, the understanding of the terms of the CD was that unlimited add-ons were allowed. As of today, I was told that bank management told the employees that they were limiting yearly contributions to such jumbo CD's to $6k per year! They cited some language in some 'bank terms' document that they said allowed them to change the terms or features of a CD on the fly, without customer approval. Whether this is ethical, I don't think that's in doubt. But is it legal? And if that question is cloudy, what kind of legal recourse might one have? TIA.

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read the disclosure statement.
  |     |   930 posts since 2010
He didn't name the CU, but I expect it is the one we have another thread on and Ken followed up with a story saying the CU had changed its mind, would continue to allow unlimited deposits to the CD for existing CD holders:

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