Attorney-Client Privilege Audits

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Recurring Issues in Accounting for Litigation Contingencies

Certain questions seem to recur when it comes to outside counsel’s communications with a company’s auditors about potential exposures as a result of litigation or regulatory/enforcement matters and the underlying accounting...more

Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

From fair housing laws to licensing requirements, the real estate industry is accustomed to navigating various legal constraints and requirements. However, as a result of current ambiguity in the law, class action lawsuits...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - New Partnership Audit Procedures May Dramatically Affect the Assessment and Collection...

In addition to the discussion of the new partnership audit rules, this month’s issue features articles regarding a recent district court decision in Ellis v. United States regarding the attorney-client privilege and work...more

Applying The "Common Legal Interest" Privilege In The Context Of A Financial Transaction

Sophisticated and complex commercial litigation and criminal investigations often involve many participants and their lawyers. In these cases, it is often beneficial for the lawyers to share confidential information pursuant...more

Second Circuit Upholds Common-Interest Privilege for Borrower’s Sharing of Legal Advice with Consortium of Lenders

The Second Circuit held last week that a borrower did not waive the attorney-client privilege by providing documents to a consortium of lender banks that shared a common legal interest with the borrower in the tax treatment...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - United States Tax Court Invalidated Treasury Regulation § 1.482-7(d)(2)

In addition to the discussion of the Tax Court’s decision in Altera, this month’s issue features articles regarding Notice 2015-47 “Basket Options” and Notice 2015-48 “Basket Contracts”, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Internal Investigations: The Three C’s – Confidence. Credibility. Cost.

In this issue: - THE THREE C’S — CONFIDENCE, CREDIBILITY AND COST - WHO CONDUCTS THE INVESTIGATION? - SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION - MINDSET AT THE OUTSET OF AN INVESTIGATION - THE NEED FOR...more

Court Condemns Law Firm's Privilege Claim as "Subterfuge": Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described an outside regulatory compliance consultant's work for a company which worried about its non-compliant billing practices and about possible litigation, that consultant's later agreement...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - July 2014

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics will...more

Compliance Audit Information May Not Be Attorney Client Privileged

Attorneys routinely advise clients conducting audits and investigations that the audit or investigation should be conducted by outside counsel in order to establish attorney client privilege. ...more

Legislative Update: New Texas Laws Affecting the Environment or Environmental Regulation

This Texas legislative session brought several notable environment- and energy-related changes. The major standouts are culled and summarized in this Pillsbury Legislative Update....more

Use of Forensic Accounting to Avoid a Compliance Meltdown

On this date in 1979, the worst accident in the history of the US nuclear power industry began when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation,...more

It Is Easy to Lose the Privilege Protecting Audit Documents

In a recent case, documents related to an audit which was described in internal correspondence as being done to assess general compliance were not privileged in later civil litigation since the Court found: (1) the audit was...more

Conducting an Effective Internal Wage and Hour Audit

In our last post we discussed the preliminary considerations an employer should take into account before conducting a wage and hour audit. Once the preliminary considerations have been addressed, it generally is advisable to...more

Are Auditor Work-Papers Discoverable? The D.C. Circuit Joins the Fray

In the United States, the “work-product” doctrine ensures that attorneys can effectively prepare for litigation and trial by protecting their notes, preparatory materials, and internal analyses from discovery. The Supreme...more

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