Seven of the thrift institutions that owned Nationar, a joint-venture bank seized three weeks ago by New York regulators, are threatening to sue the institution's officers and directors.

If they are unable to reach a settlement, the New York thrifts intend to accuse Nationar chairman Robert P. Rittereiser, his predecessor William Sheluck Jr., and other officers and directors of negligence, gross negligence, corporate waste, and breach of fiduciary responsibility.

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