WASHINGTON -- In a sign of potential trouble for the banking industry, members of the U.S. Supreme Court expressed concem Tuesday at the carte blanche some companies have to put mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts.

The case being argued, AlliedBruce Terminex v. Dobson, could prevent financial institutions from relying on the Federal Arbitration Act, which encourages arbitration over lawsuits. Instead, the justices said, state laws limiting the use of arbitration may come into play.

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