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3/4/04 USA PATRIOT Act Monitor News Release: Texas District Court Protects Bank's SAR-Related Records

In Whitney National Bank v. Karam, Trammell & Ranostaj, (Civil Case No. 02-CV-2250 Memorandum Opinion entered February 18, 2004), Judge Lee Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has held that the statutory protection for filers of suspicious activity reports (SARs) extends beyond the SAR itself and includes:

The bank could, on the other hand, be required to produce “documents produced in the ordinary course of business pertaining to the defendants banking activities, transactions, and accounts… The case will be analyzed in a forthcoming issue of the USA PATRIOT Act Monitor.

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