In the latest development in a number of civil lawsuits nationwide, where mutual fund investors are alleging that several fund companies allowed improper trading, a federal judge last week lifted the ban on plaintiffs from using documents that would help them build their case against the companies.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz granted the plaintiffs' request to discovery, or to have access to documents that defendants in the case, such as Janus Capital Group, Putnam Investments, Strong Capital Management, Alliance Capital and other mutual fund companies, have submitted to state and federal regulatory agencies for settlement determinations.

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