No. A163264.

90 Cal.App.5th 1119 (2023)

STATE OF CALIFORNIA ex rel. EDELWEISS FUND, LLC, et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. et al., Defendants and Respondents.

Court of Appeals of California, First District, Division Four.

April 27, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Steyer Lowenthal, Boodrookas Alvarez & Smith, Allan Steyer , Jill M. Manning , Jill K. Cohoe ; The Lawrence Law firm, Jeffrey W. Lawrence ; Schneider Wallace Cottrell, Konecky, Todd M. Schneider , Jason H. Kim , Matthew S. Weiler , James A. Bloom ; Constantine Cannon, and Ari Yampolsky , for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Jones Day, Michael P. Conway , Matthew J. Silveira , and Margaret Adema Maloy , for Defendant and Respondent Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Greenberg Traurig and William J. Goines for Defendant and Respondent JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.

Williams Cutler Pickering, Hale and Dorr and Matthew Benedetto for Defendant and Respondent Bank of America Corporation, Bank of America N.A. and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Keesal, Young & Logan, Peter R. Boutin and Christopher A. Stecher for Defendants and Respondents Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Citibank N.A., Citigroup Financial Products Holdings Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC.

Sidley Austin and Matthew J. Dolan for Defendants and Respondents Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A., Morgan Stanley Capital Services Inc. and Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc.

Keesal, Young & Logan and Ben Suter for Defendant and Respondent Piper Jaffray & Co. and Piper Jaffray Financial Products Inc.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Jack P. DiCanio and Kasonni M. Scales for Defendants and Respondents Barclays Capital Inc. and Barclays Bank PLC.

King & Spalding, Ethan P. Davis and Matthew V.H. Noller for Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, California Chamber of Commerce and American Bankers Association as Amici Curiae on behalf of Respondents.


Plaintiff-Relator Edelweiss Fund, LLC (Edelweiss), brought a qui tam action against several financial institutions and subsidiaries under the False Claims Act (Gov. Code, § 12650 et seq.)1 (CFCA). In its operative seventh amended complaint, Edelweiss alleges that defendants...

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