NationsBank Corp. told a federal judge last week that it did not discriminate when it rejected five minority applicants who applied for mortgages in the early 1990s.

"NationsBank adamantly denies that it discriminated against any of the individual plaintiffs named in the complaint," the bank wrote in its official response to the suit. "Indeed, the majority of the plaintiffs sought loans from the mortgage company because of its outreach efforts."

The response came in the second of two suits filed by the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. The bank already had denied the allegations in the first case. Both suits charge the bank rejected qualified minority applicants for mortgages. Last month a federal judge dismissed a bid by NationsBank to dismiss the second suit. The parties are expected to meet with the judge on Sept. 24 and 25 to discuss the next step for the cases.

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