Advanta Corp. said on Wednesday that FleetBoston Financial Corp.’s latest lawsuit against the Spring House, Pa., company has no merit and is just an extension of a suit filed in 1999, which Advanta is contesting.

FleetBoston Financial Corp., which bought Advanta’s $10.5 billion-asset consumer credit card business in 1998, sued last week to block the pending sale of Advanta’s mortgage unit to Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp., a subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

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