WASHINGTON - Easing widespread fears among bankers, the House of Representatives voted Tuesday to place a moratorium on class actions seeking large penalties against lenders for technical violations of the Truth-in-Lending law.

Such suits have proliferated in the wake of last year's "Rodash" court ruling, which held that homeowners may cancel their mortgages - and get back the interest and fees they have paid - if even minor errors are found in loan documents.

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