Though hailed as a major legal victory for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a recent federal court ruling in Connecticut left national banks in the dark on ATM fees.

The narrow April 7 ruling addressed only whether state regulators had the authority to enforce a Connecticut prohibition on banks' charging noncustomers for ATM transactions. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton said the state could not force national banks to observe the ban.

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