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Attorney-Client Privilege

Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents? Some Suggested Steps after the Initial Panic!

In the event of an inadvertent disclosure of documents (electronic or otherwise), an attorney is ethically obligated to promptly notify the sender of the attorney’s receipt of the documents. It is then up to the sender to...more

Protecting Privileged Information From Former Senior Managers Can Be Tricky

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

As most attorneys know, a privileged communication only can be waived by the client, and when the client is an individual, it is obvious who controls that ability to waive. Things become murkier, however, when the client is a...more

No Privilege Extended To Communications With PR Consultant, But Court Provides Roadmap To Possible Application

by Weintraub Tobin on

It is not uncommon in this day of social media influence for an attorney to seek out the assistance of a public relations consultant to play a role in connection with a high profile lawsuit. Such media experts can help assess...more

Decision of the German Constitutional Court on attorney-client privilege in internal investigations to be expected

by DLA Piper on

The current legislation and jurisprudence regarding information and documents derived from internal investigations is ambiguous. The German Constitutional Court now has to decide on the seizure of documents from an internal...more

The Trouble with Drafts: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point discussed a decision holding that the privilege did not protect in-progress drafts of documents whose final version will be disclosed to third parties. In re Sygenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litig., MDL...more

The Trouble with Drafts: Part I

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Because attorney-client privilege protection depends on confidentiality, the privilege evaporates once clients determine to disclose privileged communications – even before the disclosure occurs. For example, the final...more

The Common Interest Doctrine: Maintaining Confidentiality

While confidentiality is usually destroyed when communications between an attorney and client take place in the presence of a third party or when work product is shared with others, those communications can remain protected...more

Are Communications With an Expediter or “Land-Use Consultant” Privileged?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In an action brought against a title company for losses in connection with a property sale, Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson, in JBGR LLC v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., denied the title insurer’s motion to amend its answer to add...more

Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege Despite Advice Of Counsel Defense In Tax Case Involving Reinsurance Transaction

by Carlton Fields on

This case involves a tax dispute centering on whether certain “purported” insurance and reinsurance transactions “lacked economic substance.” Following an in camera review of communications identified in Respondents’...more

Court Held That Estate Representative Was Entitled To Discover Documents To Establish A Claim

by Winstead PC on

In In re Cokinos, Boisien & Young, a representative of an estate of a deceased attorney sought documents from a law firm related to an alleged agreement to share fees. No. 05-16-01331-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 6911 (Tex....more

Chancery Declines Applying 'Garner' Exception to Privileged Documents in Books-and-Records Action

by Morris James LLP on

In the recent decision in Salberg v. Genworth Financial,the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to compel the production of attorney-client privileged documents in a books-and-records action. In Salberg, Vice Chancellor...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - August 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Advising Clients Regarding Potentially Criminal Conduct – Assisting Clients in Connection with the Medical or Recreational Marijuana Industry - Rhode Island Ethics Advisory Panel Op. 2017-01 - Risk Management Issue: In...more

Got Privilege? When It Comes to Internal Investigations, Think Again …

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia serves as a helpful reminder on the difficulties of maintaining privilege during internal company investigations. But with a...more

Drawing the Line Between Waiver and Non-Waiver: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point described a New York court's predictable waiver conclusion based on a client's description of his intended future conduct -- explicitly attributed to lawyers' advice. Siras Partners LLC v....more

Federal Circuit Says PTO Submissions can Waive Privilege to Future Communications

On July 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re OptumInsight denied OptumInsight’s petition for writ of mandamus on privilege waiver. The court held that the District Court for the...more

5 Tips to Avoid the In-House Expert Trap in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

You are defending your client, a company engaged in complex scientific or technical work. As you head to trial, you have a tough decision to make. The client has employees and consultants with the knowledge and expertise to...more

Court Of Chancery Protects Privilege In Books and Records Action And Addresses Corwin’s Effect On Mismanagement Investigation...

by Morris James LLP on

Salberg v. Genworth Financial Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0018-JRS (July 27, 2017) - This is an important decision for its analyses implicating the Garner and Corwin rules. The Garner rule is that, under certain narrow...more

Drawing the Line Between Waiver and Non-Waiver: Part I

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Clients describing their past or intended future actions obviously do not waive their privilege protection – even if the clients are following their lawyers' advice. But clients voluntarily disclosing privileged...more

Avoiding Management Struggles When it Comes to Data Breaches: Part 4

by Bryan Cave on

The best way for a company to handle a data breach is to be prepared. As we discuss in our data breach readiness handbook, preparation includes, among other things, drafting an incident response plan, reviewing...more

Turning Over Another Rock: Another Example of Discovery Disputes in the Reinsurance Context

by Locke Lord LLP on

Following up on our recent article, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Insurers face hidden risks when defending claims and protecting confidential reinsurance information at the same time, published in the August 2017 issue of...more

Herding Cats: Making The Most Out Of A Joint Defense Group

Litigation today often involves multiple defendants facing a common adversary — whether it is patent litigation against the same patent holder or tort litigation against the same plaintiff. Multidefendant litigation can...more

Recent Privilege Decision Raises Questions for Internal Investigations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent federal district court case raises significant issues regarding privilege that should be on the radar of any in-house or outside counsel conducting an internal investigation with the goal of producing a public...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds Garner Fiduciary Exception Does Not Justify Compelled Production Of Privileged Documents Relevant To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that stockholder plaintiffs had not satisfied their burden of showing “good cause” under the Garner fiduciary exception to the...more

Privileged & Confidential:A Primer on the Work-Product Doctrine for State Tax Professionals

by Alston & Bird on

When evaluating and negotiating large transactions, it is important to keep the entire team – lawyers, accountants, consultants, etc. – on the same page. But this vital information sharing can also lead companies to...more

Court Addresses Waiver Implications of a Target's Due Diligence Disclosures to its Ultimate Acquirer

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Acquiring companies predictably seek information from their acquisition targets, such as descriptions of the targets' ongoing litigation. During their due diligence, the acquirer may demand the target's documents or...more

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