WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will open its fall term Monday with a case that could make it easier for banks to collect loans from some bankrupt borrowers.

The case, Field v. Mans, is the first of a half-dozen appeals the Supreme Court will hear this year that will affect the banking industry. Others involve lender liability for environmental clean-ups, bank insurance sales, interbank check clearing disputes, and innocent owner defenses in asset forfeiture proceedings.

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