Common-Interest Privilege

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New Jersey Supreme Court Officially Adopts Common Interest Doctrine - This Opinion Is Consistent with Those in Other States and...

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that, for the first time in New Jersey, expressly adopted the "common interest doctrine." The July 21, 2014, opinion provided confidentiality protections for...more

Ain't No Sunshine for the Common Interest Privilege

Life in the public sector is just that: public. With the California Public Records Act and countless local sunshine ordinances, most public employees are keenly aware that much of what they write — be it in a report, letter,...more

Bickering Brothers Break Common Interest and Results in Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege

Porto Technology Co., LTD ("Porto") filed a patent infringement action against Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless ("Verizon"). During the litigation, Verizon moved to compel communications between two of the...more

Recent CEQA Developments In The Legislature And Courts

As we move past summer, into fall, the “back-to-school,” and football seasons, and toward daylight savings time – and a possible shutdown of the federal government – it is time to reflect and take stock of the really...more

"Common Interest" Privilege Considered By The NC Business Court

How much of an ownership interest does a parent have to have in a subsidiary for the attorney-client privilege to extend to communications between the susidiary and the lawyer for the parent company?...more

Depublication Of Fifth District CEQA Decision Creating Conflict On Common Interest Doctrine Sought By Infill Builders

While Real Party in Interest Wal-Mart Stores did not elect to seek California Supreme Court’s review of the Fifth District’s controversial decision in Citizens for Ceres v. Superior Court (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 889, the...more

Nothing in Common: Fifth District Court of Appeal Rejects City-Applicant Protections for Pre-Project Approval CEQA Communications

Inserting uncertainty in the already murky area of the scope of the administrative record under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal has held that pre-project approval...more

Citizens for Ceres v. Superior Court: New California Court of Appeal Opinion Addressing Privilege Issues in Connection with Review...

Effective environmental review of a real estate development project under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") often requires that the approving agency and representatives of the developer work together...more

In re Quest Software Inc. S'holders Litig., C.A. No. 7357-VCG (Del. Ch. July 3, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery denied plaintiffs’ motion to compel the discovery of privileged documents and communications, finding that the “at issue” exception to the attorney-client privilege did not apply and...more

City of Ceres: California Appeals Court CEQA Decision Complicates Whether Agencies' Communications with Developers Are Privileged

On July 8, 2013, the Fifth District of the California Court of Appeal issued Citizens for Ceres v. Super. Ct. of Stanislaus County (Case No. F065690 (Cal. Ct. App. 5th, July 8, 2013)) (Ceres), a perplexing opinion holding...more

California Appellate Court Issues Significant Opinion Regarding CEQA Administrative Records and the Common Interest Doctrine

In Citizens for Ceres v. The Superior Court of Stanislaus County, City of Ceres, et al., (filed and published in part by the Fifth Appellate District on July 8, 2013), the petitioner in a CEQA lawsuit sought relief from the...more

No Common Interest In CEQA Compliance Prior To Project Approval, Holds Fifth District In City of Ceres Decision That Conflicts...

In a partially-published appellate writ decision filed July 8, 2013, the Fifth District Court of Appeal held that while CEQA’s administrative record statute (Pub. Resources Code, § 21167.6) does not impliedly abrogate the...more

Business Litigation Report -- March 2013

In This Issue: - Firm News: Quinn Emanuel Recognized as a “2013 Go-To Law Firm for Top 500 Companies” and Quinn Emanuel Named Law360 Class Action Practice Group of the Year - Main...more

Common-Interest Doctrine—A Tool to Prevent Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege in Intellectual Property Transactions

It is easy to waive attorney-client privilege inadvertently while negotiating intellectual property (“IP”) transactions. For example, when an IP owner seeks to sell a patented product, potential buyers often ask for any...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - March 2013: A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2012: Discovery

In three cases in 2012, federal courts required the disclosure of reinsurance materials in discovery, emphasizing the broad scope of discovery and the need to produce relevant materials. First, in Granite State Ins. Co. v....more

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