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Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Two recent cases in state appellate court show the risks of sharing privileged communications with public relations consultants. But they also provide practical guidance on how to protect the confidentiality of...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

The E-Discovery Digest - June 2017

The seventh edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, and discovery responses....more

An Inadequate Privilege Log, Or Even The Failure To Serve A Privilege Log, Will Not Result In The Waiver Of The Attorney-Client...

by Weintraub Tobin on

In Catalina Island Yacht Club v. Superior Court (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 1116, the California Court of Appeal (Fourth District, Division Three), squarely addressed the question: “May a trial court find a waiver of the...more

Good Faith Affirmative Defenses Waiving Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Protection Under the “At Issue” Doctrine

On May 8, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida entered an order compelling production of attorney-client communications between Regions Bank and its counsel, finding that Regions had put those...more

Employers May Wish to Update Electronic Access Policies to Assure Access to Employee's Emails with Counsel - New York Appellate...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In most states, it is fairly clear that attorney-client privilege does not apply to communications between an employee and the employee's personal lawyer if the communications are made using the employer's email system and if...more

Day 15 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Parameters of Privileges

by Thomas Fox on

The concept of privilege in an internal investigation is critical. Two important privileges are the attorney/client privilege and the work product privilege. Unfortunately both are often miss-understood, miss-applied and...more

Joint Defense Agreements Are Not Protected By The Attorney-Client Privilege

by Brooks Pierce on

Why would any lawyer think that his Joint Defense Agreement, entered into with a co-defendant, was protected from production by the attorney-client privilege? Well, the lawyer for one of the Defendants In AP Atlantic, Inc.,...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

[Webinar] ACEDS Webinar: eDiscovery Pitfalls and Potholes to Avoid - June 14th, 12:00pm CT

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If you’ve conducted discovery for litigation, investigations or audits, you know that “Murphy’s Law” dictates that a number of “pitfalls” and “potholes” could occur that can derail your project. These issues can add...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2017

In this edition of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the Trump administration's executive order outlining its cybersecurity plans, Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen's comments on the possible...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

Privilege, Not a Right: US Court of Appeals Sets Record Straight on Privilege Logs

Does a conversation with an in-house attorney always carry with it the protection of the attorney-client privilege? The answer is a resounding “no,” according to a recent federal appellate decision covering a range of issues...more

District Court Confirms Work-Product Doctrine Privilege Covers Only Certain Documents Exchanged With Third Party Consultants

On April 14, a U.S. Magistrate serving with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana issued a ruling in a matter involving the attorney-client and attorney work product privileges. The case is Valley Forge...more

"Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege, Work-Product Protection During Internal Investigations"

When companies conduct investigations that remain strictly internal, maintaining confidentiality is straightforward. But many investigations are conducted in cooperation with U.S. government regulators, who expect companies...more

"DOJ and SEC Cooperation Policies"

Whereas the privilege and work-product doctrine generally require confidentiality, cooperation with the government often necessitates disclosure. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...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

Circuit Court Affirms Key Difference Between Privilege and Work Product Protections

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Disclosing privileged communications to third parties generally waives that fragile protection, even if the third parties are friendly. In contrast, disclosing work product to third parties waives that more robust protection...more

Putting Information on File Share Site without Protection Waives Privilege, Court Rules: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc., No. 1:15cv00057 (W.D. Va. Feb. 9, 2017), Virginia Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent ruled that the plaintiff’s placement of privileged information on a file...more

Communications With Your Broker May Be Privileged

Are communications among a client, a third party, such as an insurance broker, and the client’s attorney privileged? The answer is yes, if the communications are confidential and reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose...more

Court Uses an "In Camera" Review for Purposes Other than Privilege or Work Product Assessment

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Adversaries challenging litigants' privilege or work product assertions necessarily "shadow box" with the litigants -- because the adversaries cannot see the withheld documents. Courts often review such withheld documents in...more

Communications between Counsel and PR Firm Hired by Counsel Held Discoverable

Counsel handling cases involving newsworthy facts and litigation often hire public relations (“PR”) consultants. In Nicholas Behunin v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 2017 DJDAR 2405 (No. B272225 March 14, 2017)...more

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