Common-Interest Privilege

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New York and North Carolina Take a Narrow Approach to Common Interest Doctrine

Brief Summary - The "common interest doctrine" generally protects attorney-client communications, even if such communications are disclosed to a third party, as long as the third party shares a common legal interest with...more

‘Sorry, But You Have Nothing in Common’: The New York Court of Appeals’ Recent Rejection of the ‘Common Interest Doctrine’...

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently rejected an attempt to apply the “common interest doctrine,” an exception to the general rule that communicating privileged information to a third party...more

New York's Highest Court Reverses Appellate Division, Reaffirms Litigation Requirement for Common-Interest Privilege

In a recent decision reversing the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department, the New York Court of Appeals definitively held that the common-interest privilege may be used in New York...more

Court Takes a Liberal View of Privilege for Communications Between a Plaintiff and a Litigation Funder

With litigants' increasing reliance on litigation funders, courts have had to wrestle with privilege and work product issues, including whether litigants and their litigation funders share a "common interest" allowing the...more

New York Court of Appeals Rejects More General Application of Common-Interest Privilege in M&A Settings

New York’s highest court has rejected an attempt to expand the state’s common-interest doctrine, and reinstated the New York rule that the doctrine only applies in the context of actual or threatened litigation. Citing the...more

New York’s Highest Court Refuses to Expand the Common Interest Doctrine to Merging Parties

On June 9, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued a stark reminder to transactional lawyers: no matter how much “common interest” two parties may have with respect to a transaction, the common interest doctrine may not...more

M&A Update: New York Court of Appeals Rejects Extension of Common Interest Privilege to Merger Talks

On June 9, 2016, a divided New York Court of Appeals in a much-anticipated ruling held that the attorney-client privilege can only be maintained for communications involving third parties in situations where litigation is...more

Business Litigation Reporter - June 2016

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - June 2016

Eye on the Supreme Court—Corruption and Fraud Edition - Why it matters: This session, the Supreme Court has undertaken the review of numerous cases that raise thorny issues arising in the white collar context. In our...more

Litigation Funder Communications Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine

Addressing a novel issue in In re: International Oil Trading Company, LLC, 548 B.R. 825 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2016), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied in part an involuntary...more

Insurance & Reinsurance Newsletter

In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015), one of the most watched cases of 2015, the Supreme Court held that plaintiffs may rely on a disparate impact...more

Reinsurer “Access to Records” and “Common Interest” – Permitting Access and Preserving Privilege

An integral part of the relationship between the reinsurer and cedant is that the reinsurer be permitted access to the ceding company’s books and records. A cedant, however, may face the dilemma of risking waiver of privilege...more

Court Issues a Surprising Common Interest Doctrine Decision

The common interest doctrine can sometimes allow separately represented clients to avoid the normal waiver implications of disclosing privileged communications to each other. However, courts take widely varying views of the...more

Some Courts Misapply the Common Interest Doctrine

The common interest doctrine can allow separately represented clients to share attorney-client privileged communications without waiving that very fragile protection. In contrast to privilege-protected documents, work product...more

Courts Analyze the Common Interest Doctrine's Application in a Patent Context

Courts recognizing the common interest doctrine limit its non-waiver effect to participants' common legal rather than financial interests. It can be difficult to apply this abstract principle to communications between a...more

Redaction Made In Royalty Reports Are Improper; Motion To Amend Complaint Comes Too Late

Defendants move to compel compliance with subpoenas directed to a non-party. The court relieved the non-party from any obligation to produce documents since the contested documents were also in the possession of plaintiffs....more

WIN Wise: Back to basics - Legal professional privilege

The law of England and Wales recognises two main types of legal professional privilege: Legal advice privilege, and Litigation privilege. ...more

Insurance News, December 2015

Schaeffler Holding, LLP v. United States, No. 14-1965, 2015 WL 6874979 (2d Cir. 2015) - Generally speaking, the “common interest doctrine” is an “exception to the general rule that voluntary disclosure of confidential,...more

Applying The "Common Legal Interest" Privilege In The Context Of A Financial Transaction

Sophisticated and complex commercial litigation and criminal investigations often involve many participants and their lawyers. In these cases, it is often beneficial for the lawyers to share confidential information pursuant...more

Second Circuit Reaffirms That Attorney-Client Privilege Is Not Waived By Sharing Documents With Parties Pursuant to a Common Legal...

On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion reaffirming that the attorney-client privilege and work product protections were not waived by a businessman and his company when they...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Second Circuit Determines that Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected...

In addition to the discussion of the Second Circuit’s decision in Schaeffler, this month’s issue features articles regarding the “new” IRS Notices covering “Basket Options” and “Basket Contracts”, the Tax Court’s recent...more

Second Circuit Upholds Common-Interest Privilege for Borrower’s Sharing of Legal Advice with Consortium of Lenders

The Second Circuit held last week that a borrower did not waive the attorney-client privilege by providing documents to a consortium of lender banks that shared a common legal interest with the borrower in the tax treatment...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Common Legal Interest and Work Product Doctrines for Material Shared Among Transacting Parties

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that the “common interest” doctrine protects legal and tax liability analysis prepared for a client and subsequently shared with a consortium of banks providing...more

Second Circuit Determines That Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected Under the Common Interest Doctrine and...

On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held in a published opinion that (i) the attorney-client privilege was not waived by appellants-taxpayers who shared a group of documents,...more

The E-Discovery Digest - October 2015

In This Issue: - Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product Decisions: ..Decisions Protecting Against Disclosure ..Decisions Ordering Disclosure Other - Spoliation Decisions: ..Spoliation Sanctions...more

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