In a blow to some midwestern banks, the Supreme Court agreed last week to dismiss a case challenging litigants' power to make banks hand over examination reports during discovery, the fact-gathering process that precedes a trial.

Bankers Trust New York Corp. and Procter & Gamble had requested the court to drop the appeal, which arose from a lawsuit over derivative sales. The two companies said the issue was moot because they had settled the suit.

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