The American Bankers Association charged late Thursday that the National Credit Union Administration is breaking the law by allowing institutions to serve employees from more than one company.

"The duty of the government and its officers is to obey the law, not to follow the private interests of credit union promoters," ABA lawyer Michael S. Helfer wrote in a brief. "Yet the NCUA continues to issue new illegal credit union expansion approvals, including new expansions totaling more than 76,000 people in August and another 57,000 people in September."

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