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Wells Fargo Learns That Recording Calls In California Can Be Costly

In the past few years, many organizations such as Capital One, Bass Pro Outdoor, and the Cosmopolitan Hotel have faced class actions alleging violations of California’s call recording law. This week, California’s Attorney...more

How Do Courts Apply the "Primary Purpose" Privilege Standard?: Part I

In nearly every court, the attorney-client privilege protects intra-corporate communications only if their "primary purpose" was the corporation's need for legal advice. How do courts apply this standard? One might think that...more

Are Consultant’s Employees Functionally Equivalent To Client’s Employees?

As a general matter, the attorney-client privilege is waived by disclosing a communication to a third party. When a corporation hires an investment banker, the corporation’s attorneys will frequently communicate with...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

Third Party Administrator Update: TPA Regulatory and Legislative Developments - December 2015

Polsinelli is pleased to share the December 2015 Third Party Administrator Newsletter. This newsletter covers topics throughout the year that effect TPAs. Items discussed in this report include: - State Insurance...more

CPA-Client Privilege Doesn't Extend to Criminal Proceedings

It's Monday morning and your client, who recently retained you for estate tax planning advice, informs you that the IRS is auditing her income tax returns from the past three years. In reviewing her tax returns and financial...more

Welcome Clarification of English Law Regarding Legal Advice Privilege

The High Court has delivered an important judgment on the application of legal advice privilege to factual reports delivered by lawyers to their clients in the context of a regulatory investigation. In the case of Property...more

SEC Seeks Increased Access to Email

Jacqui Merrill, an Associate at The Volkov Law Group, joins us with a posting on the SEC’s request for increased access to emails. In a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting held on September 16, 2015, Securities and...more

Servicers Beware: RESPA Transfer of Servicing Letter May Trigger FDCPA Initial Debtor Communication Disclosure Requirement

In Hart v. FCI Lender Services, Inc., the Second Circuit made it clear that servicers should pay close attention to initial communications with borrowers upon commencing loan servicing when it determined in an August 12, 2015...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

California Supreme Court Will Review Appellate Decision Holding That Attorney Bills Are Privileged

In June, I blogged about County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015). In that case, the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) concluded that legal defense bills...more

Courts Assess Whether Client and Lawyer Agents are Inside or Outside Privilege Protection: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point discussed a court's consideration of privilege protection for communications with client and lawyer agents. Two weeks later, another court analyzed Debevoise & Plimpton's argument that the...more

Under California Law, Attorney Billing Statements Are Confidential Communications

In County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors et al. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles, 2015 DJDAR 4085, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District ruled that attorney invoices may be confidential...more

The Common Interest Privilege May Offer More Protection Than You Thought.

Consider for a moment a situation when an Owner and a General Contractor want to exchange confidential communications relating to a potential legal matter. When the Owner and Contractor are not both parties in a suit, what...more

Blog: FINRA Issues Seven New FAQs Regarding Research Conflict-Of-Interest Rules

Last week, FINRA released seven new FAQs related to the research conflict of interest rules. In essence, FINRA analyzes the types of facts and circumstances that might be decisive in determining whether certain conduct or...more

Privilege for Patent and Trademark Agents

As a result of Bill C-59, when passed, clients will enjoy a statutory privilege in their confidential communications with Canadian patent and trademark agents. This will provide Canadian clients who use patent and...more

Submitting Your Defense Bills to Insurers Could Mean Waiving Privilege

Recently, the California Court of Appeal decided County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015), a case considering whether the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department could be...more

Peer Review Privilege: Facts vs. Conclusions

All states have some degree of confidentiality protection for peer review activities and the information generated by those activities, and there is additional federal protection for information gathered and created by...more

"California Consumer Class Actions: What CashCall Means for Businesses in Privacy Cases"

The California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA) imposes criminal penalties on anyone who intentionally "eavesdrops upon or records [a] confidential communication" in California without the consent of all parties to the...more

New York Extends Common Interest Privilege Protection to Non-Litigation Communications

Ordinarily, when a communication between an attorney and her client is disclosed to a third party, that communication loses its privileged status. The common interest privilege operates as an exception to that rule that...more

Another Federal Court Rules Debt Collector’s Voice Message Does Not Violate FDCPA

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently ruled that a voicemail message containing the caller’s name and identifying the caller as a debt collector with “an important message” was not a...more

Is In-House Counsel Your Attorney?

Here’s the obvious: to invoke the attorney-client privilege, the communication must be made to, or in the presence of, the client’s attorney. But things become murky when you have to decide whether that attorney is actually...more

Insurers Be Warned, Your Communications Are Discoverable

Insurers and reinsurers regularly communicate regarding matters they view as confidential. These communications often relate to claims, both routine and litigated, by the underlying insureds. Insureds, in turn, seek discovery...more

Does the Attorney-Client Privilege Protect Communications With A Company’s Outside Consultants?

A recent decision by the Massachusetts Land Court provides helpful guidance to clients who frequently rely on independent contractors such as brokers, project managers and public relations consultants to interface with their...more

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