First Union Corp. fought back Thursday against allegations that it had improperly contributed to a regulatory takeover of a Miami bank.

A complaint filed by First Union in U.S. District Court in Miami asks that the trustee representing creditors of defunct Southeast Banking Corp. be halted from promoting "prejudicial pretrial publicity" about First Union. The nine-page filing also details, for the first time, some of First Union's defenses to the allegation that it misused confidential information to push federal regulators to seize Southeast and sell it to First Union.

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