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Attorney-Client Privilege Internal Investigations

Decision of the German Constitutional Court on attorney-client privilege in internal investigations to be expected

by DLA Piper on

The current legislation and jurisprudence regarding information and documents derived from internal investigations is ambiguous. The German Constitutional Court now has to decide on the seizure of documents from an internal...more

Got Privilege? When It Comes to Internal Investigations, Think Again …

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia serves as a helpful reminder on the difficulties of maintaining privilege during internal company investigations. But with a...more

Does Disclosure Of Results Of Internal Investigation Constitute Subject Matter Waiver?

by Allen Matkins on

Last Friday, I wrote about one of the docketed appeals in Wynn Resorts, Limited v. Eight Jud. Dist. Ct., 41 Nev. Adv. Op. 52 (2017). Today’s post concerns the other docketed appeal in that case. This appeal addressed...more

Cadwalader Loses Work Product and Privilege Claims for 51 Internal Investigation Witness Interview Memoranda: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point explained that Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft's client Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) lost a work product claim for 51 witness interviews the firm prepared during its internal...more

Private Equity and Privilege: Why Recent Legal Developments Matter to Buyout Firms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Legal professional privilege allows clients to share information with lawyers, knowing it need not be revealed in court. Privilege extends to legal advice generally, and to documents prepared in contemplation of litigation. ...more

Internal Investigations and Privilege: The Alberta Court of Appeal Weighs In

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The documents and records of an internal investigation into a workplace accident may be privileged notwithstanding a statutory obligation to carry out an investigation and prepare a report, the Alberta Court of Appeal...more

Cadwalader Loses Work Product and Privilege Claims for 51 Internal Investigation Witness Interview Memoranda: Part I

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft lawyers conducted an internal corporate investigation into allegations of self-dealing at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). When a private plaintiff sued WMATA and several...more

Alberta's Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven

by Field Law on

With its decision this week in Alberta v. Suncor Energy Inc, 2017 ABCA 221, the Alberta Court of Appeal has considered and clarified the application of solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege to incidents under...more

Managing International Investigations: European Conceptions of Attorney-Client Privilege and Their Effect on International...

Update on 5/12: Jones Day’s complaint has been thrown out by a court in Munich. That decision reinforces the importance of examining how attorney-client privilege is construed in different foreign jurisdictions. On March...more

Are Lawyers' Notes Privileged? - Lawyers' Interview Notes Created in Internal Investigation Ordered to Be Disclosed in U.K....

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A recent English decision on privilege has cast doubt on the legal protection provided to lawyers' work product when assisting corporate clients with internal investigations. In The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v...more

English High Court Decision Further Curtails Application of Legal Privilege in Internal Investigations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Corporations should take steps to ensure their internal investigations are not used against them in English litigation. A recent decision in an English court could have important consequences for internal corporate...more

Day 2 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Selection of Investigative Counsel

by Thomas Fox on

A key component of this fair and objective evaluation is the WHO question; that is, who should supervise the investigation and who should handle the investigation? You should have independent counsel should handle any serious...more

Are Your Internal Investigation Memos Protected as Privileged or Work Product?

by Bryan Cave on

A recent decision by Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is a stark reminder that neither the attorney-client privilege nor the work product doctrine automatically protects...more

Check Your Privilege: English Court Rules Internal Investigation Materials Cannot be Withheld from Prosecutor

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

“Privilege is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the common law, and a principle which is central to the administration of justice. Once a document is subject to privilege, the privilege is absolute: it cannot be...more

Sharing Legal Communications With PR Firm Raises Privilege Issues for Hospital

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A recent case in Pennsylvania reminds companies to think carefully about sharing their attorney-client communications with third parties, such as public relations firms. On March 13, a unanimous three-judge panel of the...more

Protecting Privilege of the Corporate Compliance Officer

by Baker Donelson on

The Corporate Compliance Officer (CCO) acts as the organizational conscience overseeing the compliance program. Corporate integrity promotes a strong brand reputation, avoids high-profile failures and contributes to a strong...more

Protecting privilege during Australian internal investigations: is lawyer work product at risk?

by DLA Piper on

In the long running RBS Rights Issue litigation, the English High Court has recently ruled that notes of interviews of bank employees, prepared by the bank's in-house lawyers who conducted the interviews as part of an...more

Accused of Taking Confidential Information? Five Immediate Steps That Can Limit Risk

by Kobre & Kim on

Disputes over trade secrets and confidential information have increased dramatically in recent years. Often arising after a business hires an employee from a competitor, a proposed acquisition falls through, or information is...more

UK Decision Highlights Potential Privilege Problems in Cross-Border Investigations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

7 steps companies can take to maximize privilege protections under US and English law. Key Points: ..In a recent case, an English court stated that privilege did not apply to notes of employee interviews,...more

Revenge of the Whistle-blower: Possible Consequences of Compliance Failures

In a company with a robust compliance culture, potential whistleblowers can express their concerns without fear of retribution. By contrast, the penalty for a culture that silences whistleblowers just got steeper. Companies...more

Reserving Privilege for the Few: The High Court Confirms the Narrow Interpretation of “Client” for the Purposes of Legal Advice...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following Three Rivers (No 5) [2003] EWCA Civ 474, the High Court has held that notes of interviews of employees, prepared as part of certain internal investigations by a bank’s solicitors, for the purpose of enabling the...more

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

"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?

by Michael Volkov on

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

Attorney-Client Privilege in Washington State No Longer Applies When Employment Ends

by Bracewell LLP on

In order to preserve the attorney-client privilege, counsel who conduct internal investigations begin employee interviews with an “Upjohn Warning”—a disclosure indicating that counsel represents the employer, not the...more

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