(FiveNation.com)- Last week, JPMorgan Chase & Co. rejected a request from the US Virgin Islands that it turn over additional documents from 2015 to 2019 concerning CEO Jamie Dimon in the territory’s lawsuit accusing the bank of enabling the late Jeffrey Epstein’s trafficking, Reuters reported.
In a filing presented to a Manhattan federal court last Tuesday, JPMorgan accused the US Virgin Islands of demanding the documents as a way to pander to the media. The bank argued that Dimon was not involved in any decisions related to Epstein’s account and that the bank dropped Epstein as a client in 2013.
Calling the demand a “fishing expedition,” the bank argued that the US Virgin Islands had already obtained a “massive trove” of documents in its litigation against the late billionaire’s estate and if there had been any evidence supporting additional discovery from JPMorgan, the territory would have already found it.
In its February 23 court filing with the US District Court of the Southern District of New York, the US Virgin Islands claimed that Jamie Dimon was a “likely source” of information about the bank’s decision to retain Epstein as a client as well as any discussions on the prominent and wealthy potential clients Epstein referred to JPMorgan.
The US territory is seeking damages from JPMorgan claiming that the US’s largest bank missed the red flags about Epstein’s misconduct at his private island Little St. James.
JPMorgan also asked the judge to reject a demand for additional documents in a lawsuit brought by some of Epstein’s victims.
Both lawsuits against JPMorgan center on Epstein’s relationship with former JPMorgan private banking chief Jes Staley who acknowledged having a personal friendship with the late billionaire but denied having any knowledge of his alleged crimes.
Neither Dimon nor Staley is named as a defendant in either lawsuit.