A group of community organizations have challenged NationsBank Corp.'s deal to buy Barnett Banks Inc., claiming the merger raises antitrust concerns and would probably hurt minority groups' access to credit.

"If antitrust laws had any meaning, this merger would be precluded," said Matthew Lee, executive director of Inner City Press/Community on the Move, a Bronx, N.Y.-based community and civil rights organization. "It's totally anti-competitive."

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