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An article in this week’s issue of the Economist tells the story of Texas’s 177th-largest bank and its crusade against federal finance regulations.
The State National Bank of Big Spring is challenging the controversial Dodd-Frank Act, which was introduced two years ago as a protection against predatory lending practices that led to the financial crisis of 2008. Large banks largely oppose the policy, but as the article reports, they tend to shy away from publicly criticizing it “out of fear that it could prompt retribution by regulators.”
However, the small bank in Big Spring has stepped forward to argue that Dodd-Frank is unconstitutional. In a lawsuit that may go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the bank contends that the act disproportionately threatens the business models of smaller institutions.
The Bottom Line: The article reports that although “the bank has not repossessed a home in seven years or cost taxpayers