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Through public statements and congressional hearings, Wells Fargo & Co. executives have regularly expressed regret for the sales-practice scandal that rocked the bank a year ago.

Behind the scenes, Wells Fargo and its outside lawyers at Seyfarth Shaw and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher have been less repentant. The bank has vigorously contested a former California branch manager’s claim that she was fired for blowing the whistle on the sales scandal, where bank employees opened millions of new accounts without authorization.

Recently disclosed documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request offer a deep glimpse into the bank’s efforts to contest bank manager Claudia Ponce de Leon’s claims that she was unlawfully fired for complaining about corporate malfeasance. The documents, provided to ALM, show how Wells Fargo’s lawyers, between 2012 and this year, sought to prove Ponce de Leon was a problematic employee who was terminated for reasons unrelated to her concerns about deceptive sales practices.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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