A dispute among banks that normally would be resolved behind closed doors is headed for a public airing, after a recent court ruling that Citicorp may proceed with a $243 million lawsuit against Bankers Trust New York Corp.

In the case before New York State Supreme Court, Citicorp is alleging that false information from Bankers Trust on the credit status of Chicago businessman William J. Stoecker resulted in losses of $143 million from several loans made in 1987 and 1988.

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