Via Andrew Goudsward
(Reuters) – Regulation company Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr driven again on Monday in opposition to an effort to bar the company from protecting JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) in a lawsuit accusing the financial institution of serving to to facilitate past due financier Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of girls and women.
WilmerHale legal professionals stated in a courtroom submitting that the company’s previous paintings for an anti-sex trafficking group that supported an alleged Epstein sufferer, Courtney Wild, was once “unrelated to and had not anything to do” with the case in opposition to JPMorgan, which was once introduced through a special Epstein accuser in U.S. District Courtroom for the Southern District of New York.
JPMorgan has denied assisting in Epstein’s abuse.
A legal professional for the plaintiff, who isn’t named in courtroom filings, claimed ultimate week that WilmerHale has a struggle of pastime and should be disqualified.
WilmerHale legal professionals authored a friend-of-the-court temporary in 2021 on behalf of the anti-trafficking group ECPAT-USA urging the U.S. Ultimate Courtroom to soak up an enchantment through Wild, who had sued to invalidate a 2007 non-prosecution deal between Epstein and U.S. prosecutors.
The courtroom opted to not soak up the case.
WilmerHale stated in Monday’s submitting that it didn’t constitute Wild and that its paintings with ECPAT was once restricted to submitting the Ultimate Courtroom temporary on a felony factor unrelated to the JPMorgan case. The company argued that EPCAT as an outdoor group was once indirectly taken with Wild’s case.
WilmerHale lawyers accused the plaintiff of “gamesmanship” in making an attempt to disqualify JPMorgan’s most popular legislation company.
A legal professional for the plaintiff, Bradley Edwards, who up to now additionally represented Wild, stated in a courtroom submitting that WilmerHale legal professionals had communicated with Wild’s lawyers about felony technique.
Wild isn’t a birthday celebration within the New York case, however Edwards stated that as a sufferer of Epstein, she is a possible member of the plaintiff magnificence.