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Oct. 18 (Reuters)—Bank of America Corp urged a judge to disqualify the law firm representing insurer American International Group Inc in its $10 billion mortgage fraud lawsuit against the bank, alleging a conflict of interest by one of the firm’s partners.

The bank said Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan should be removed because the partner had defended Merrill Lynch & Co and its First Franklin Financial Corp unit against similar charges that they made and sold defective mortgage loans. Bank of America bought Merrill on Jan. 1, 2009.

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