Attorney-Client Privilege

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The SFO’s Seize and Sift Procedure

R (on the application of Colin McKenzie) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office saw a failed application for permission to apply for a judicial review of the SFO’s currently in-use procedure for dealing with material that it...more

Privilege Issues in the Media Firestorm

The situation has become all too familiar: an incident of prurient interest — whether actual or falsely alleged — goes viral on social media before university officials can even ascertain the names of the parties involved. ...more

What is the "Need to Know" Standard?

Under the majority Upjohn approach, the attorney-client privilege can protect lawyers' communications with any level of corporate client employee — if the lawyers need the employees' factual information before giving their...more

January 2016: Trial Practice Update

DOJ’s New Policies Target Executives of Corporate America. The United States Department of Justice has raised the stakes in corporate criminal investigations, and general counsel, corporate executives, and board members...more

Mainbrace: January 2016 No. 1

2015 was an interesting year for the shipping industry. The dry bulk market had a very challenging 2015, with the Baltic Dry Index hitting new all-time lows. Based on various reports, the outlook for 2016 is not very...more

Are Consultant’s Employees Functionally Equivalent To Client’s Employees?

As a general matter, the attorney-client privilege is waived by disclosing a communication to a third party. When a corporation hires an investment banker, the corporation’s attorneys will frequently communicate with...more

Can Plaintiffs Seek an Adverse Inference from Defendant Corporations' Privilege Assertions?

The attorney-client privilege benefits society by encouraging clients' frank disclosure to their lawyers, but it undeniably conceals highly relevant communications. Surprisingly, only a few courts have addressed plaintiffs'...more

Mintz Levin 2nd Annual Employment Law Summit – Enhancing Workplace Diversity and Dispelling Myths Regarding Reverse Discrimination...

As wise employers focus strategic initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we periodically receive questions about limitations for proactive approaches in this area. To be clear, companies that...more

Avoiding the Upsurge in Trust, Probate and Estate Planning Malpractice

The number of lawsuits against trust, probate and estate planning attorneys has significantly increased over the last several years. Today, trust, probate and estate planing attorneys are charged with legal malpractice and...more

Guest Post -- It’s No Crime: Ninth Circuit Gets Crime-Fraud Exception Case Mostly Right

2016 is well underway and some of us have already abandoned our well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions. But for those who might be thinking about weight loss, here’s a cautionary tale with a pretty happy ending from our...more

The Southern District of New York Addresses the Crime-Fraud Exception

The "crime-fraud" exception can deny privilege protection for certain otherwise protected communications between lawyers and their clients. However, many litigants and even some lawyers misunderstand the doctrine's narrow...more

Attorneys Are Not So Special After All: The FOIA and the Need for Specific Agenda Items

Generally, Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] requires that a public agency preparing an agenda/posting for a meeting ensure that each agenda item is specific enough to apprise the public of the action...more

The Privilege of PR: Application of the Attorney-Client Privilege to Crisis Communications and Public Relations in Breach Response...

Cyber-attacks have become a matter of everyday reality for all businesses: regardless of industry or size, it is no longer if a data breach will happen, but when. And waiting for a breach to occur before designing and...more

Legal professional privilege: 10 tips

Think before creating emails (or any documents) on sensitive issues. Ask yourself whether you need to copy everyone? Should you be pressing forward? Pick up the phone in a crisis instead – and call the legal team....more

WIN Wise: Back to basics - Legal professional privilege

The law of England and Wales recognises two main types of legal professional privilege: Legal advice privilege, and Litigation privilege. ...more

Privilege not Waived for Inadequate Privilege Log

Catalina Yacht Club, et al. v. The Superior Court of Orange County, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three (December 4, 2015) - Courts have broad discretion to impose sanctions of...more

Revised “Persuader” Reporting Requirements Are Back

Don't look now, but the U.S. Department of Labor’s latest Fall 2015 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda advances the controversial proposed revisions to the "persuader activity" reporting requirements under the Labor-Management...more

Corporations Can Risk Privilege Protection by Relying Too Heavily on Legal Advice when Firing Employees

Corporations firing employees normally must explain why. All corporate lawyers recognize that affirmatively pleading "advice of counsel" as an employment case defense normally waives privilege protection, but the risks can...more

Prosecutors Pierce Attorney-Client Privilege in Procurement-Fraud Investigation; Court Orders “Compliance” Advice Of Counsel to Be...

Organizations routinely seek the advice of counsel in complying with the complex, evolving Federal regulatory scheme. But a recent Federal prosecution for government-contracting fraud illuminates the stark difference between...more

Insurance News, December 2015

Schaeffler Holding, LLP v. United States, No. 14-1965, 2015 WL 6874979 (2d Cir. 2015) - Generally speaking, the “common interest doctrine” is an “exception to the general rule that voluntary disclosure of confidential,...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - December 2015

IRS Updates Administrative Appeals Process for Cases Docketed in Tax Court - In Notice 2015-72, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided a proposed revenue procedure to update Rev. Proc. 87-24, 1987-1 C.B. 720, which...more

I’m Not Persuaded: The DOL’s New “Persuader” Rule Close to Implementation

Law firms are often retained by employers facing the fast-paced, distracting, emotionally charged experience of unionization efforts. Part of the union organizing process is legal in nature, and part feels more like politics,...more

Return of The Persuader Rule

Employers may recall the Department of Labor’s prior attempts to implement the “persuader rule” which seeks to narrow the “advice” exemption with respect to what union-related communications between employers and attorneys...more

Who Controls an Audit Committee's Privilege and Work Product Protection if the Company Declares Bankruptcy?

Many courts recognize that a corporation's constituent (such as an audit committee or a group of independent directors) can own the privilege and work product protection covering the constituent's internal corporate...more

Why Every Data Breach Response Plan Should Involve Outside Counsel

The importance of retaining outside counsel after a data breach was recently underscored in the Target data breach class-action litigation filed by the financial institutions. Plaintiffs filed a motion to compel Target to...more

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