A federal judge has cleared the way for a lending dispute between the nation’s top plaintiffs lawyers group and Wachovia Bank to go to trial.

In a redacted opinion issued April 8, Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled there were valid questions as to whether Wachovia acted legally when it terminated an $89 million real estate loan it had negotiated with the American Association for Justice. The sealed version of the opinion was issued in December.

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