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After a federal judge dismissed plaintiff Steven Knebel’s case against the $170 million St. Helens Community FCU of St. Helens, Ore., and five directors on May 20, saying he had no private right of action in federal court, Knebel filed suit in Oregon state court Wednesday.

Knebel is suing the credit union over alleged bylaw violations during a directors recall election. According to court documents, the credit union counted mailed recall ballots, which contradicts federal credit union bylaws that require recall elections only count votes cast in person during a special meeting.

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