NationsBank Corp. won a round in a fair-lending case when a U.S. district court judge refused to grant class-action status.

Judge Norma Holloway Johnson, in an April 22 order, said she couldn't grant the request because, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs did not file it within 90 days of the suit, as required. The group claims the bank rejected qualified minority loan applicants.

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