Attorney-Client Privilege

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Southern District of New York Issues a Troublesome Corporate Privilege Case

Most courts applying privilege principles automatically treat wholly-owned subsidiaries' employees as if they were the parent's employees. However, occasionally courts take a narrower view. In Au New Haven, LLC v. YKK...more

Does Compelling the Disclosure of Documents Allegedly Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege Constitute a Final, Appealable Order?

Last month, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a ruling in Burnham v. Cleveland Clinic, 2016-Ohio-8000, on an interesting issue – “whether an order compelling the production of documents allegedly protected by the attorney-client...more

A Cloud on the Horizon? Attorneys’ Obligations when Using a Third-Party’s Cloud-Based Services

When we think of clouds, we likely picture cumulus, stratus, and cirrus ones, not the type of “cloud” that holds data and software. The latter type of cloud is generally controlled by a third-party service provider and is...more

Two Decisions Issued the Same Day Highlight Choice of Laws Issues: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described a Maine case applying the narrow pre-Upjohn "control group" standard for corporate communications. Harris Mgmt., Inc. v. Coulombe, 2016 ME 166, ---A.3d---. Illinois is by far the largest...more

Commercial Division Disqualifies Attorney Acting in a Dual Role Pursuant to Advocate-Witness Rule

In a recent decision, Justice Lawrence S. Knipel in the Commercial Division ordered an attorney to comply with a non-party subpoena and disqualified the same attorney from representing her client in the action pursuant to the...more

California Supreme Court Concludes Attorney Invoices Privileged During Ongoing Litigation

Attorney invoices may be protected in their entirety by the attorney-client privilege during ongoing litigation. After litigation has concluded, however, those same invoices may be discoverable. So concludes the California...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 2

As we noted yesterday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to admissibility and...more

High Court Rules That Witness Interview Notes Are Not Covered by Legal Advice Privilege

In December 2016, the English High Court ruled that transcripts, notes and other records of witness interviews prepared by in-house and external counsel in the course of an internal investigation were not covered by either...more

New California Laws and Cases that May Impact Your Business

This alert covers selected new California laws that may affect your company’s business operations in California, and recent published case opinions that may impact your company if it does business or is involved in litigation...more

California Supreme Court Limits Attorney-Client Privilege for Lawyer Invoices

In a 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court ruled that attorney invoices submitted to public agencies are not categorically exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act. Los Angeles County Board of...more

California Court Permits Whistleblowing Lawyer To Use Privileged Information

A California Federal Magistrate Judge in Sanford S. Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. et al., No. 3:15-cv-02356 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 20, 2016), recently ruled that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act preempts California’s ethical rules...more

Two Decisions Issued the Same Day Highlight Choice of Laws Issues: Part I

Every privilege analysis should start with determining the applicable law. In the corporate context, federal courts handling federal question cases and nearly every state follow the Upjohn standard. Upjohn v. United States,...more

Top Stories of 2016: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure

In a case that pitted government transparency against a public agency’s interest in confidential communications with its attorney, the California Supreme Court came down on the side of protecting attorney-client privileged...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - December 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update looks at Brexit’s impact on corporate crime and investigations, the U.S. DOJ’s increased use of forfeiture actions with international implications, current...more

Hiding Behind the Privilege – A Cloak or a Dagger?

CCOs face many challenges in their jobs. One area that is difficult but usually can be solved with common sense is where to draw the line on attorney-client privilege issues. As a practicing attorney, I can attest to the...more

Court Nixes Privilege Protection for Former Employee Interviews – Is This a Big Deal?: Part III

The last two Privilege Points described the Washington Supreme Court's 5-4 rejection of privilege protection for communications with former corporate employees (Newman v. Highland School Dist., 186 Wash. 2d 769, 381 P.3d 1188...more

Medical Litigation Newsletter - December 2016

Defending Audits Before They Happen: A Practical Guide to Documenting to Sustain A Challenge to E/M Codes - Although many believe malpractice suits to be the primary risk-management issue facing healthcare providers, an...more

Proposed CFPB Regulations Seek to Expand Agency’s Disclosure Opportunities

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) has proposed new regulations and changes to its existing regulations that expand the agency's ability to disclose information to others, potentially compromising the...more

Wake-Up Call: Law Firms in the Cybersecurity Crosshairs

Last week marked the first time a U.S. law firm was publicly named in a class action data security lawsuit. Originally filed in April 2016, the class action complaint in Shore v. Johnson & Bell, Ltd., 16-cv-4363 (N.D. Ill.),...more

Court Nixes Privilege Protection for Former Employee Interviews – Is This a Big Deal?: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described the Washington Supreme Court's 4-3 rejection of privilege protection for communications with former corporate employees.Newman v. Highland Sch. Dist., No. 90194-5, 2016 Wash. LEXIS 1135...more

No legal advice privilege over lawyers' notes of interviews with employees

Astex Therapeutics Limited v Astrazeneca AB [2016] EWHC 2759 (Ch), 8 November 2016 - In-house and external lawyers' attendance notes of conversations with employees of a client company who are not directly involved in...more

Key Lessons From the Recent Precedential Order by Federal Circuit – Jurisdiction, Mandamus, and Privilege

On November 17, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit published a precedential order denying a petition for a writ of mandamus to overturn a district court’s determination. In In re: Rearden LLC,...more

Industry May Be Foreshadowing More CFPB Challenges

In our last newsletter, we discussed the CFPB's proposed amendments to its rule regarding the confidential treatment of information obtained from supervised or regulated entities in connection with the exercise of the...more

Court Nixes Privilege Protection for Former Employee Interviews – Is This a Big Deal?: Part I

In a 4-3 vote, the Washington Supreme Court held that an institution's lawyers' communications with former employees did not deserve privilege protection. Newman v. Highland Sch. Dist., No. 90194-5, 2016 Wash. LEXIS 1135...more

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