Attorney-Client Privilege

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Developments in Association Law 2015–2016

The Nonprofit Organizations Practice at Pillsbury has prepared this summary of significant legal and policy developments that have occurred in approximately the past year. All of these developments have potential impacts upon...more

Plaintiff's Live-In Boyfriend was Outside Privilege Protection, but Inside Work Product Protection: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described a court's acknowledgment that a mentally ill plaintiff's live-in boyfriend had provided "meaningful assistance" to the plaintiff in dealing with her lawyer, but was not "necessary or...more

Attorney-Client Privilege Held Not to Apply to Nonreporting Employee/Expert

Many years ago, we represented a client in a quandary. (We know, we know: that’s pretty much always the case.) The product had been sold for many decades, the early history was important in marshalling a defense, and there...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - November 2016

Aiding and Abetting the Unauthorized Practice of Law — Conducting a Due Diligence Background Check for Incoming Lawyers and Lateral Hires - The Case: Kimberly Kitchen began working at BMZ Law PC part-time in 2005. She...more

Content and Purpose Governs Connecticut’s New Standard for Determining Attorney/Client Privilege

On September 6, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court published its opinion regarding Michael C. Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission, et al. (SC 19586). As discussed below, this opinion creates a new standard for...more

Proposed “Patent Agent Privilege” Promises Protection For Patent Practitioners And Clients

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) recently proposed a patent-agent privilege that would bring needed consistency to the discovery phase of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) proceedings....more

A Reminder To Be Careful With Ex-Employees And Confidential Information

A lot of companies rely on retired and otherwise former employees for information in litigation – including product liability litigation. Particularly where a product (such as a drug that’s now gone generic) has a long...more

Plaintiff's Live-In Boyfriend was Outside Privilege Protection, but Inside Work Product Protection: Part I

Nearly every court finds that the only client agents/consultants inside privilege protection are those necessary for the communications between the client and her lawyer. But the work product doctrine casts a wider protective...more

The “Persuader Rule” Permanently Enjoined

As we have previously reported, in March of 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a reinterpretation of the Persuader Activities Rule (The “Revised Rule”). This Revised Rule required that: - employers must...more

Texas Federal Judge Rules DOL “Persuader Rule” Unlawful

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial “Persuader Rule” is off the table—at least for now. U.S. District Judge Cummings in the Northern District of Texas granted summary judgment to 10 states, including Texas, and...more

Texas Judge Invalidates Persuader Rule     

As you may recall, a few months ago we talked about the Department of Labor’s controversial “persuader” rule. The rule would have required labor relations consultants and attorneys who advise businesses on union-related...more

Attorney-Client Privilege in Washington State No Longer Applies When Employment Ends

In order to preserve the attorney-client privilege, counsel who conduct internal investigations begin employee interviews with an “Upjohn Warning”—a disclosure indicating that counsel represents the employer, not the...more

NLRB's Persuader Rule Permanently Dead

Labor lawyers at Roetzel have warned clients about the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial “Persuader Rules” for five years. However, thanks to a court in Texas that permanently enjoined the rule, we no...more

DOL’s Persuader Advice Exemption Rule Blocked

On November 16th, Texas federal judge Sam R. Cummings granted Summary Judgment to several business groups, joined by Texas and nine other states, seeking to block enforcement of the U. S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new...more

Permanent Pause to Persuader Rule: Texas Court Issues Permanent Nationwide Injunction

On November 16, 2016, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Perez, No. 5:16-cv-00066, a federal judge in Texas issued a permanent injunction preventing the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) from enforcing its new...more

Permanent Injunction puts Persuader Rule on the Ropes

Earlier in the year, we reported on a temporary injunction issued by a federal district court Judge in Texas. The injunction prevented the Department of Labor from enforcing the so-called “persuader rule.” The rule sought...more

Texas Court Permanently Strikes Down Persuader Rule

Good news for employers. On November 16, 2016, a Texas federal judge permanently enjoined the Department of Labor's ("DOL") proposed Persuader Rule. The federal court's decision to permanently block the rule ensures that...more

Unpersuasive: Federal Judge Invalidates DOL’s New Persuader Rule

On November 16, 2016, a federal district judge in Texas barred the Department of Labor (“DOL”) from enforcing its new so-called “Persuader Rule.” The rule, which would have imposed broad disclosure requirements on employers...more

Can Contracting Transactional Parties Select Favorable Privilege Law?: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described diversity cases in which litigants did not address the choice of laws issue, and in which the issue was irrelevant because there appeared to be no material difference between the...more

Can Contracting Transactional Parties Select Favorable Privilege Law?: Part I

Federal privilege common law governs federal question cases, but federal courts hearing diversity cases must choose the applicable attorney-client privilege law. Many litigants do not even focus on the choice of law...more

A New Regulatory Paradigm For The SEC?

Many are speculating on the future of federal securities regulation as a result of the election of Donald J. Trump and the concomitant Republican control of both houses of Congress. Broc Romanek, for example, asks whether...more

Protecting In-House Counsel From Having To Be Deposed

There a probably few things in legal practice as annoying as getting a Notice of Deposition for your client's in-house counsel. Are you willing to pursue a Motion for a Protective Order to prevent the deposition? ...more

In-Firm Privilege: Lawyers Have Legal Problems Too

For many years in the modern era of law firms, a few federal district court decisions starting in the 1980s set forth the notion that lawyers and law firms could not invoke the attorney-client privilege to shelter...more

Conducting an Internal Investigation in the PRC? Protect Your Company From the Outset

Requests by a company’s counsel to interview company employees as part of internal investigations into potential misconduct are commonplace. But when a U.S. company and its counsel seek to interview citizens working for the...more

PTAB Update -- Patent Office Proposes Rule Amendment to Recognize Patent Agent-Client Privilege

When Congress created the post-issuance proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ("AIA"), it did so with the recognition that they would be adjudicatory in nature. ...more

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