Six banks are joining a national check clearing house set up by Huntington Bancshares Inc. to bypass the Fed and other bank settlement systems.

Barnett Bank of South Florida; Comerica Inc.'s lead bank; First American National Bank; First National Bank of Maryland, a unit of Allied Irish Banks PLC; the lead bank of First Security Corp.; and Fleet National Bank have gone in with Huntington. The seven plan to exchange checks on a production basis by the first week in October.

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