Attorney-Client Privilege

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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

Community Banking Excellence - Third Quarter 2015

In This Issue: - Another Perspective: David Barksdale, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carolina Premier Bank: For the past several months, David Barksdale has been leading the charge at Carolina Premier...more

The Privilege Can Protect Employee-to-Employee Communications

Because attorney-client privilege protection depends primarily on communications' content, privilege logs rarely play a dispositive role in courts' analyses. But sometimes the adversary will point to the "author" and...more

The 60 Day Rule — Identification and Knowing Avoidance

On August 3, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion and order in Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al.[1] that provides the first judicial interpretation of the requirement...more

Post-Grant Proceedings: The Top Seven Things You Should Know About the Proposed Rule Changes

On August 20th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published proposed rules that would amend the consolidated set of rules currently governing Inter Partes Reviews, Post-Grant Reviews, Covered Business Method Reviews, and...more

First District Holds Public Agency’s Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents In Response To PRA Request Does Not Waive...

On July 31, 2015, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District, Division One, filed a 23-page published opinion holding that the inadvertent disclosure of attorney-client privileged and work product protected...more

United Kingdom: handling internal investigations

With so much potentially at stake, the initial steps and strategic decisions taken in any company investigation are critical to setting the tone for a focused, credible and effective inquiry. This is paramount not only for...more

Whistleblower Cases are Custom Tailored for ADR

Various state and federal statutes exist to protect and compensate employees whose employers retaliate against them after they disclose certain fraudulent practices to the employers or government agencies. These are known as...more

Scope of Attorney-Client Privilege And Work Product Doctrine In Internal Investigations Clarified

The scope of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine for internal investigation reports has once again been clarified by the D.C. Circuit in a False Claims Act case against defense contractor KBR, Inc. In its...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

Internal Investigation Documents Are Protected from Disclosure in False Claims Act Case, D.C. Circuit Holds

Reversing a lower court decision, the D.C. Circuit recently concluded – for a second time – that certain internal audit documents are protected from disclosure by the attorney-client communication and work production...more

Court Rejects “Gotcha” Theory of Waiver Under Public Records Act

A California appellate court has ruled that inadvertent disclosure of documents containing attorney-client communications in response to a Public Records Act request does not result in a waiver of the privilege. Newark...more

Proceed with Caution: Attorney-Client Privilege and Communications with Third-Party Consultants

In our modern economy, businesses regularly use all manner of third-party consultants for many different reasons, including cost, efficiency, and expertise. Less regularly, communications between businesses and consultants...more

In-House Counsel Ordered to Sit for Additional Deposition After Emails Improperly Withheld on Basis of Privilege

Sprint Communications Company, L.P., filed a patent-infringement action against Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, Comcast IP Phone, LLC, and Comcast Phone of Kansas, LLC (collectively, "Comcast"). The district court had...more

D.C. Circuit Declines to Eviscerate Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations

On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, in United States ex rel. Barko v. Haliburton et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion vacating a series of rulings by the United States District Court for the...more

A Confidential Consultation?

The Court of Appeal reaffirms the qualified nature of legal professional privilege. In the recent case of R v Edward Brown (formerly Latham) the Court of Appeal held that it was appropriate, in certain circumstances, to...more

Middle Market Company Focus: Avoiding Emails that Hurt or Embarrass Your Company

Email communication is vital to just about every business. But in-house counsel know that what employees write in an email can come back to haunt their company. Womble Carlyle attorney Meredith McKee and Carolinas...more

Court Grants Restraining Order in Light of Inadvertent Disclosure (California)

Newark Unified Sch. Dist. v. Superior Court , 2015 WL 4594095 (Cal. Ct. App. July 31, 2015). In this inadvertent document release case, the plaintiff sought injunctive relief against the defendant, requiring the return...more

D.C. Circuit Confirms: Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Internal Investigations of Whistleblower Complaints Conducted at the...

The ability to preserve privilege for highly sensitive internal investigations conducted at the direction of attorneys is alive and well. In a closely watched decision on the scope of the attorney-client privilege as applied...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege Again in In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.

On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a petition by Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“KBR”) for a writ of mandamus in order to protect KBR’s assertion of attorney-client privilege over its...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Validity of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protection in Internal Investigations

On August 11, 2015, in United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton et al., No. 14-5319, slip op. (D.C. Cir. Aug. 11, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an important opinion vacating another series of...more

Appeals Court Clarifies Attorney-Client, Work Product Privileges in Internal Investigation Context: 3 Takeaways

In its latest review of the attorney-client and work product privileges in In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“In re KBR”), the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit again rejected the district court’s restrictive...more

Appeals Court Decision Protects Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigation

In In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al., No. 14-5319 (D.C. Cir. August 11, 2015), the Court reversed a district court’s ruling that KBR waived these protections by using materials created in the course of a privileged...more

DC Circuit reaffirms confidentiality of internal investigation communications

For the second time in 14 months, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has taken the extraordinary step of issuing a writ of mandamus to stop a federal district court from requiring a federal government contractor to...more

D.C. Circuit Weighs In Once Again in KBR Privilege Fight

In the ongoing saga which has been the subject of a previous post on this blog, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has once again found that the district court erred in ordering the production of the...more

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