A Florida bankruptcy judge approved Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp.'s request to look at the books of Freddie Mac and question its officials, a decision that could affect a pair of related lawsuits involving the collapsed mortgage lender and some of Wall Street's biggest banks.

Judge Jerry Funk of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Jacksonville, Fla., said Friday that officials at Taylor Bean, which sold and serviced many of the mortgages that Freddie Mac owns, can pore over thousands of pages of documents and depose about a dozen Freddie Mac officials.

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