A lawsuit that accuses both Citigroup (NYSE: C) and MidFirst Bank of Oklahoma City of forcing homeowners to purchase flood insurance in excess of amounts required by law may advance, a federal judge in Utica, N.Y., has ruled.

The banks must face allegations by Gordon Casey, a borrower in Syracuse, N.Y., and Duane Skinner, a borrower in Maryland, of wrongdoing in the force-placing of flood insurance on their homes, U.S. District Judge David Hurd held Wednesday.

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