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Interpretations and Actions: November 1997

Vol. 10, No. 11

PLEASE NOTE: Interpretive Letters and No Objection Letters reflect the views of the Comptroller's legal staff. Corporate Decisions and Decisions (CRA) are from the office of Bank Organization and Structure. The list of CRA Ratings is from the Communications Division. For copies of the evaluation, you should contact the bank directly or the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Attn: Public Reference Room, Mailstop 1-5, Washington, D.C. 20219.

Members of the news media are encouraged to cite the letter number when reporting or summarizing documents from this package. This helps to process single requests in a more timely manner.

Interpretive Letters

Letter No. Topic
804 Bank may pay retail commissions for mutual funds sold under a back-end loan structure and receive 12b-1 fees and contingent deterred sales charges as compensation. (09/30/97)
805 Letter concludes that the "business of banking" includes 1) electronic imaging services for other banks and financial institutions and 2) electronic imaging services for non-banks if limited to financial data and documents. (10/09/97)

Corporate Decisions

Letter No. Topic
97-91 Application to merge Bank of Boston Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut, into BankBoston, N.A., Boston, Massachusetts; (Control Numbers 97ML020028), (10/14/97).
97-92 Notification by Bank of America, NT&SA, San Francisco, California, of its intent to acquire General Fidelity Insurance Company; (Control Number 97ML08010), (10/17/97).
97-93 Notification by SunTrust Bank, Nashville, N.A., Nashville, Tennessee, of its intent to establish an operating subsidiary to reinsure mortgage insurance; (Control Number 97SE080029), (10/20/97).
97-94 Proposal by Chase Manhattan Bank USA, National Association, Wilmington, Delaware, to purchase and assume certain deposit liabilities of The Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, New York; (Control Number 97NE020039), (10/22/97).
97-95 Application of Hamilton Bank, N.A., Miami, Florida, to establish a branch in San Juan Puerto Rico; (Control Number 97SE050196), (10/30/97).
97-96 Application to merge Signet Bank, Richmond, Virginia, with and into First Union National Bank, Charlotte, North Carolina; (Control Number 97ML020029), (11/09/97).
97-97 Notification by First Tennessee Bank, N.A., Memphis, Tennessee, of its intent to establish an operating subsidiary to reinsure mortgage insurance; (Control Number 97SE080035), (11/10/97).

Approvals with Conditions Enforceable under 12 U.S.C. 1818

Letter No. Topic
258 Application by The CATO Corporation to charter a national CEBA credit card bank with the title "Cedar Hill National Bank," Lawrenceville, Georgia. (Control Number 97SE010002), 10/27/97
259 Union Planters National Bank, Memphis, Tennessee, proposed acquisition of an operating subsidiary, Magna Insurance Company. (Control Number 97SE080033), 10/31/97

Final Enforcement Actions

Enclosed is a copy of the OCC's news release number 97-105, announcing the availability of enforcement actions. Copies of the final actions are available by writing to the OCC, Public Reference Room, Mailstop 1-5, Washington, D.C. 20219. When ordering, specify the appropriate Enforcement Action Number.

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Performance Evaluations

Enclosed is a list of CRA performance evaluations that became public during the period of October 15 through November 14.

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