Holmes v. Petrovich Dev. Co. LLC, et al.

Cal. appellate decision holding work email not protected by atty-client privilege


In an apparent setback for Internet and email privacy, this decision by California's Third Appellate District Court held that an employee's work email was not protected by the attorney–client privilege. If there is any upside to this case, the court very clearly based its decision to allow the emails into evidence on the company's written policy, which explicitly stated that company email was not private. In other words, it is unknown whether the California court would have allowed the emails into evidence if the company did not have such a rigid privacy policy.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 9th Circuit, California | United States