Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s estate sued J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., alleging J.P. Morgan illegally siphoned billions of dollars from Lehman in the days before the troubled investment bank filed for the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
The lawsuit alleges that J.P. Morgan Chief Executive James Dimon and other top executives used inside knowledge to take advantage of Lehman as its financial state worsened. J.P. Morgan, the suit alleged, coerced Lehman to turn over $8.6 billion in collateral in September 2008, triggering a liquidity squeeze that contributed to Lehman’s collapse. The estate is hoping to recoup billions in collateral the bank demanded, and billions in other damages.
J.P. Morgan spokesman Joe Evangelisti said the lawsuit “is ill-conceived and meritless, and we will vigorously defend it.”