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DOJ: Appellate court should revise analysis on whistleblower suit vs. Wells

The Department of Justice filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit filed by two former Wells Fargo & Co. employees against the bank, The New York Times reported June 6.

The DOJ's filing did not provide an opinion on the claims made by Paul Bishop and Robert Kraus, who were fired after trying to report to their supervisors questionable practices that they had observed.

But the filing noted that the appellate court that had dismissed the case should revise its analysis, according to the publication. In February, the appellate court was asked by the U.S. Supreme Court to review the matter.

The newspaper quoted Wells Fargo spokeswoman Mary Eshet as saying that the bank continues to believe that the claims are meritless, "as the previous court decisions have confirmed." "We look forward to the opportunity to again present legal arguments to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals," Eshet said.