WASHINGTON - In what would be the first case of its kind, the Justice Department is reviewing whether a national bank violated fair-lending laws by treating married and unmarried couples differently.

The department is determining if it should investigate the bank for aggregating the debts and incomes of married couples while treating the finances of unmarried couples separately, according to a report from the Comptroller of the Currency. The bank's policy, the OCC said, made it harder for unwed couples to qualify for credit.

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