Attorney-Client Privilege

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The Fastest Document Reviewer in the World

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Four’s A Crowd: Third-Party Bad Faith Cases Test the Limits of the Tripartite Relationship

A significant minority of states permit plaintiffs who win judgments against insured defendants to assert claims directly against the defendants’ insurers—including claims for extracontractual liability, based on alleged bad...more

Is It Still Privileged? An Insurer’s Disclosure Of Information To Its Reinsurers And Brokers Waives Privilege … Sometimes.

A federal district court recently held that an insurer waived any claim of attorney-client or work product privilege when it disclosed otherwise potentially privileged information to its reinsurers and to its broker. In doing...more

Legal Briefs: A Periodic Summary of Judicial Decisions Affecting Accounting and Financial Services Professionals - October 2014

The New Jersey District Court recently ruled that an economic damages expert retained by plaintiffs’ counsel in a class action was not entitled to any further compensation for his work. The facts in Rothstein v. Harstad...more

Business Litigation Reporter -- October 2014

California - Browsewrap Arbitration Agreement Not Enforced Against Individual Consumer. In Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., 2014 WL 4056549 (9th Cir. Aug. 18, 2014), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the denial of B&N’s motion...more

The Interrogatory That Does Not Warrant An Objection Based On Privilege

There was enough worth talking about in Judge Bledsoe's opinion in National Financial Partners Corp. v. Ray, 2014 NCBC 49, which I posted about yesterday, to warrant a second post....more

Provider Waives Attorney-Client Privilege in Qui Tam Case by Asserting Compliance with Law

A federal district court recently rejected a health care provider’s claim of attorney-client privilege and ordered the provider to produce written communications with its lawyers regarding the provider’s compliance with the...more

Court Finds Attorney-Client Privilege Did Not Protect Antitrust Policy Disclosure

For the first time within the Third Circuit, a court has added to the handful of decisions holding that the attorney-client privilege does not shield an antitrust compliance policy from disclosure in antitrust litigation. In...more

Lifting the cloak of privilege – AusNet v Liesfield

Corporations and their insurers have long sought to protect their investigations by cloaking them in privilege. In contrast, Courts have long sought to look behind that cloak to find the real purpose of documents arising from...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2014

In this issue: - Judge Says That Stockton, California Can Cut Pension Obligations - Third-Party Releases – Better Make Sure They Are Adequately Disclosed - Lawyers Who Sign Proofs of Claims for Clients...more

"Cost-Efficient Alternatives for Document Production Gaining Traction"

Tax controversies often involve voluminous document production and extensive privilege logs from multiple parties. The privilege issues can be complex and involve advice from multiple advisers potentially covering several...more

Will California’s “Kill Switch” Law Kill An Employer’s Ability To Protect Sensitive Company Information?

Will California’s “Kill Switch” Law Kill An Employer’s Ability To Protect Sensitive Company Information? In this digital age, smartphone technology has become essential and ubiquitous to business operations. But the...more

The General Counsel Is Not The Shareholders’ Agent

A recent paper by Adair Morse, Wei Wang, and Serena Wu, Executive Gatekeepers: Useful and Divertible Governance, tackles interesting questions about the the effectiveness of internal gatekeepers and the impact of equity...more

Legal Alert: The Tax Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding

On September 17, the U.S. Tax Court, in Dynamo Holdings LP v. Commissioner, 143 T.C. No. 9 (Sept. 17, 2014), held that a taxpayer could use predictive coding, over the objection of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to...more

Iowa Decision Underscores the Danger of Sharing Privileged Material with Reinsurers

Last month, a federal court in Iowa handed down a decision holding that neither work product nor attorney-client nor the common interest doctrine shield legal advice and analysis from production in discovery once it has been...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Recognizes Broad Common Interest Privilege

On July 21, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its opinion in O'Boyle v. Borough of Longport, 94 A.3d 299 (N.J. 2014), adopting a broad application of the common interest doctrine for communications covered by both the...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Attorneys’ E-mails to Client’s Independent Contractor May Be Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege - New York Appeals Court Decision Allows Predecessor Counsel to Place Equal Blame on Successor...more

D.C. Circuit Court Expands Privilege in Internal Corporate Investigations

There are numerous federal regulations requiring investigations into possible fraud, related to both mandatory disclosure and simply performing some fact gathering while seeking legal advice. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

What Does Delaware’s Wal-Mart Decision Mean for Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations?

The Delaware Supreme Court recently came to a decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW to uphold the order given by the Delaware Court of Chancery to require Wal-Mart to give the...more

When Does an Insurance Co. Waive Atty-Client Privilege?

If an insurance company alleges it lawfully denied a claim, is that an implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege as to its consultation with coverage counsel? When a policyholder sues an insurer for bad faith,...more

Loose Lips Sink Ships: The Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Dangers of “Public” Reliance Upon Your Attorney’s...

Public agencies often secure opinions from legal counsel to guide their actions. However, these agencies should be aware that what they say in public about the advice given may jeopardize the confidentiality of the legal...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Privileged Documents Must Be Produced To Shareholders Investigating Corporate Misconduct

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that, in certain circumstances, shareholders may be able to obtain access to privileged, internal documents in order to investigate potential breaches of fiduciary duty. In Wal-Mart...more

Court Rejects Claims Of Privilege, Work Product, And The Common Interest Doctrine To Reinsurance Information

In a discovery dispute between insurer Progressive and the FDIC, as receiver of the insured bank, a federal district court has rejected all claims of attorney-client privilege and work product protection to reinsurance...more

Protecting Internal Investigations from Disclosure: Suggested Best Practices

A recent case out of the D.C. Circuit highlights some best practices that can boost the odds that the attorney-client and work product protections will shield internal investigation records. Although not precedential outside...more

Is In-House Counsel Your Attorney?

Here’s the obvious: to invoke the attorney-client privilege, the communication must be made to, or in the presence of, the client’s attorney. But things become murky when you have to decide whether that attorney is actually...more

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