Embattled accounting firm KPMG has charged in court papers that the federal judge at the helm of the civil case filed against it does not have jurisdiction to preside over the matter.

And even if Southern District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan does, in fact, have jurisdiction, KPMG argued in a motion to dismiss filed late July 25 that the plaintiffs should be compelled to arbitrate their claims that the company improperly capped the advancement of legal fees and is responsible for paying their defense costs.

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