Bankers in Montana have won the right to sue the federal government for letting a credit union expand to serve a 3,600-mile area in the western part of the state.

Following a two-year-old precedent set by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Judge Charles C. Lovell ruled March 31 that a group of seven banks could sue to roll back Missoula Federal Credit Union's 1992 expansion.

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