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For Enabling Epstein JPM Chase Is Sued Now Motion to Disqualify WilmerHale Cites Wild

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 4 – J.P. Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank were sued for their enabling of Jeffrey Epstein, in lawsuits filed on Thanksgiving in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where Inner City Press found them in the docket.

  The separate lawsuits allege that "without exorbitantly large amounts of cash, Epstein's operations could not run, as newly recruited victims were each paid hundreds of dollars in cash immediately after Epstein sexually abused them, as hush money."

   The JPM Chase complaint is on Patreon, here.

On March 20, 2023 Judge Jed S. Rakoff in a bottom line order dismissed some but not all claims, in the Epstein-related cases against JPMC and Deutsche Bank.

Inner City Press put the order on its DocumentCloud here.

On April 28, a motion seeking class certification of Epstein-related claims against JPMC was filed; filing on Patreon here.

On May 3, Judge Rakoff docketed: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Jed S. Rakoff: Telephone Conference held on 5/1/2023, without transcription or recording. Counsel for Bradley Edwards, Jane Doe, the United States Virgin Islands, JP Morgan, and Jes Staley were present. With respect to Bradley Edwards motion to disqualify WilmerHale, initial moving papers are due by no later than 5:00 PM on 5/4/2023, answering papers by no later than 5:00 PM on 5/8/2023, and reply by no later than 5:00 PM on 5/9/2023."

On May 4, the basis for the request to disqualify WilmerHale was made clear in the filing: the firm was previously in a "common interest agreement" with Epstein victim Courtney Wild, including access to her confidential information - and now represents JPM Chase against Epstein victims: "
Having previously represented ECPAT in in a common legal effort with Ms. Wild to attempt to hold accountable those involved in the Epstein sex-trafficking organization, WilmerHale now has a conflict of interest in advancing directly opposing arguments here. And WilmerHale and counsel for Ms. Wild were operating under a common interest agreement—an agreement which gave WilmerHale access to Ms. Wild’s confidential information. This Court should preserve the appearance of fairness by preventing JP Morgan from employing a law firm with access to confidential information from an Epstein sex-trafficking victim—a victim whom the firm had previously supported and whom is a putative class member here. Accordingly, WilmerHale should be disqualified from representing JP Morgan. The other large law firm that has currently appeared on behalf of JP Morgan—Massey & Gail, LLP—can immediately step in to handle the case without a conflict." Full 27 page filing on Patreon here.


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