SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has upheld a preliminary ruling that bars two California cities from enforcing bans on automated teller machine fees.The decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, made Friday, returns the case to U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker. The preliminary injunction stands until Judge Walker makes a final ruling on the case.

In the fall, San Francisco and Santa Monica passed laws to prohibit banks from surcharging noncustomers at ATMs. After Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., and the California Bankers Association sued to overturn the laws, Judge Walker prohibited enforcement of the bans.

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