A federal judge in New Jersey has rejected another attempted ban on automated teller machine surcharges, in perhaps the toughest stance yet against local attempts to regulate the fees.

Two days after the Woodbridge, N.J., Town Council voted to ban noncustomer fees, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph A. Greenaway - ruling on a lawsuit filed by the New Jersey Bankers Association and several financial institutions - issued a temporary restraint barring the town from adopting or enforcing the prohibition.

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