Wells Fargo & Co. filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, alleging that New York-based Merrill Lynch & Co. recruited a top broker in order to gain the client list she cultivated while at the bank.

The suit was filed before Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien and alleges that Catherine A. Miller, a formerWells broker, took a client list of 500 names, representing 1,000 accounts, when she recently took a job at Merrill.

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