WASHINGTON - Julie L. Williams, chief counsel for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, challenged banking industry officials Monday to take self-regulatory steps against predatory lending to deter Congress or the states from passing overly restrictive laws.

Speaking in Chicago at a risk management conference co-sponsored by Robert Morris Associates and the Consumer Bankers Association in Chicago, Ms. Williams warned bankers to heed the lesson of the privacy debate of the past year and take extra steps to ensure their lending practices are beyond reproach.

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