SAN ANTONIO -- When John Furrow applied for membership in the National Association of Bank Servicers 16 years ago, he was denied on the grounds that he was employed by a bank-owned company.

"They thought unfair practices existed [among bank-owned data processors]," said Mr. Furrow, who is now a vice president for customer support at First Integrated Systems, the data processing division of First National Bank of Omiha. "All the members had to be independent processors."

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