US v. Nichols and Ruehle

Order Suppressing Privileged Communications in US v. Ruehle


This ruling U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney made a stark warning to lawyers to warn a company’s employees in internal company investigations that they represent the company, not the employee. Judge Carney dismissed portions of the government’s criminal case against a former executive of semiconductor company Broadcom Corp. after finding that the law firm hired by Broadcom to review possibly illegal stock-option grants failed to explain clearly to the executive that it wasn’t representing him. Judge Carney also reportedly referred the law firm to the California state bar for disciplinary action, citing “ethical misconduct.”

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

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