Attorney-Client Privilege

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Court Points to Several Factors in Denying Work Product Protection: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described a court's rejection of a work product claim based, in part, on an in-house lawyer's lack of involvement in creating the withheld documents. Phoenix Technologies Ltd. v. VMware, Inc., Case...more

Court Points to Several Factors in Denying Work Product Protection: Part I

Although some courts seem to misunderstand this, Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(3) on its face allows nonlawyers to create protected work product. But lawyers' involvement can buttress work product claims even in courts applying the...more

Copying Legal Counsel Doesn’t Create Privileged Communication

The attorney-client privilege is a long-standing and well-established principle that protects certain communication between client and attorney from disclosure. With the increased use of email, clients may often copy their...more

Anti-SLAPP Applies to Concealment Claim

Suarez v. Trigg Laboratories Inc., Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California, September 7, 2016, Case No. B26511 - The California Court of Appeal for the Second District holds that anti-SLAPP statute...more

Drawing the Line Between Unprotected Logistics About Privileged Communications and Their Protected Content

Courts agree that in nearly every situation the attorney-client privilege does not protect the logistics of privileged communications — such as when and where clients and lawyers communicate. Similarly, the privilege normally...more

Who’s the “Real Client”? Attorney-Client Privilege Between Firm In-House Counsel And Other Firm Lawyers

While attorneys provide legal advice to their clients, they are sometimes the recipients of such advice from their own counsel, including in-house firm counsel. Agreeing with recent decisions by the highest courts of Georgia...more

Privilege and Practical Implications of Former Employees' Unauthorized Disclosures

Historical facts never deserve privilege protection. Something either happened or it didn't happen. But some litigants erroneously point to this axiom in seeking to discover factual portions of clients' privileged...more

Dronsfield v University of Reading

The recent case of Dronsfield v. University of Reading UKEAT/0200/15 has prompted some fairly sensationalist headlines. Take the Evening Standard, for example: "University of Reading art lecturer who had sex with 'vulnerable'...more

Missed Opportunity by The Supreme Court to Address the Erosion of Hospital Self-Review Privileges

In Tibbs v. Bunnell, the U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a hospital’s petition for certiorari to review the scope of the patient safety work product privilege. The hospital appealed from a Kentucky Supreme Court decision...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Quarter 2016

NEWS FROM THE COURTS - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in Dell Appraisal Litigation - On May 31, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its post-trial...more

What Is "Litigation" for Work Product Protection Purposes?

Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(3) and its state counterparts protect from discovery "documents and tangible things that are prepared in anticipation of litigation." This obviously includes civil litigation. But what about other forms...more

Protect the Privilege: Considerations in Employment Investigations

Employers can take many steps to help maximize the likelihood that attorney-client privileged information and work product will be protected in the context of employment-related investigations. In the recent case of City...more

Court Clarifies the Obligation to Utilize Rule 26(b)(1) Proportionality Factors (Kansas)

Rowan v. Sunflower, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72254 (D. Kan. June 2, 2016) - In this personal injury case, the plaintiff motioned the court to compel discovery from one of the defendants. Before this motion, the defendant...more

Accidental Disclosure Of Public Records Does Not Waive The Attorney-Client And Attorney Work Product Privileges

On March 17, 2016, the California Supreme Court resolved an important case regarding the California Public Records Act, ruling unanimously that the inadvertent release of confidential documents does not waive the...more

Privilege Considerations in Cyber Incident Response

As with other types of crisis situations, a cyber security incident can generate not only operational issues, but also significant legal exposure. Affected companies should think through the associated privilege issues,...more

Redux - federal agencies attack employment agreements, and what you can do about it: 8 steps to consider

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” - Reading advance sheets often brings the closing line from The Great Gatsby to mind.  Our alert from April 2015 is being rerun in full...more

Courts Explore Wrongful Conduct's Effect on Privilege and Work Product Protection

Apart from the crime-fraud exception, lawyer and client misconduct might affect privilege and work product claims in more subtle ways. In Scranton Products, Inc. v. Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc., No. 3:14-CV-00853,...more

The Renewed Importance of Opinions of Counsel in Patent Infringement Actions

Several recent court decisions in patent infringement actions reflect the significant impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., which dramatically altered the landscape for...more

The A++ Forms and Resources–Defending Depositions, Prepping Your Witness, Practical Tips and Key Errors to Avoid

Editor’s Note: Ok, we know, this is waaaay to long for a blog post. But this is just too good not to share! In our continuing effort to avoid re-inventing the wheel, getting the easy stuff down to checklists, and helping...more

Court Explains What "Facts Are Never Privileged" Means

Historical facts never deserve privilege protection. Something either happened or it didn't happen. But some litigants erroneously point to this axiom in seeking to discover factual portions of clients' privileged...more

Lessons to be Learned from Uber’s “Wrong Turn” with a Private Investigation

In today’s era of social media and the internet, many of us have an insatiable desire for information and a knee jerk reaction when attacked: - What dirt can we find out about our adversary? This often happens...more

E Pluribus Unum Is for eDiscovery Too

The proliferation of data to the point of excess is a common refrain and problem for many organizations today. The scale to which data has grown recently has a direct correlation to eDiscovery – as organizations struggle to...more

The Real Value of Lawyers to Compliance

The legal profession is transforming itself, especially in the area of compliance. Lawyers are an invaluable part of a compliance program. They provide important perspective and understanding of risk, they help a company to...more

After Defendant Seeks to Claw Back Attorney-Client Privileged Documents, District Court Determines Privileged Waived (Including...

The defendants produced documents in response to plaintiffs' first set of requests for production and included in the production were five documents that the defendants were later claim were subject to attorney-client...more

Advisory Boards: Dos and Don’ts for Entrepreneurs

Many startups get independent and experienced advice from an advisory board. Board advisors are typically experienced hands who can help the board of directors fulfill its duties without getting bogged down by the details of...more

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