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Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - September 2015

No Dog Days of August for the SEC—A Recap of a Busy Month - Why it matters: Who says there is a government slowdown in August? Not for the SEC. August 2015 turned out to be very busy indeed for the agency, which...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

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

Does Sharing Work Product with the Government Always Waive that Protection?

For decades, companies trying to cooperate with the government have hoped for a change in the general rule that disclosing privileged communications and/or work product to the government waives those protections. In nearly...more

IT Project Disputes Management - Managing the Cloudy Skies

In this issue: - Overview of Presentation - Prevention is better than cure - Fix problems in the design phase - Early diagnosis and treatment of problems - So what do you do? - Areas of major...more

California Law: Attorney Billing Records Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege - A Closer Look at County of Los Angeles Board of...

In an important new decision, the California Court of Appeal held in County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court (ACLU of Southern California) that attorney invoices are confidential in nature and are...more

Court Makes Important Decision in Privileged Document Case

In many circumstances, courts say that corporations might relinquish privilege protection through internal privileged communications even beyond employees who have a “need to know.” This policy is often criticized because it...more

Court Concludes That Access to Privileged Document by Employees Without a "Need to Know" Does Not Destroy Privilege Protection

Many courts hold that corporations might waive their privilege protection through purely internal circulation of privileged communications — beyond those employees with a "need to know." ...more

Ethical Issues Implicated by Lawyers’ Use of Third-Party Cloud Services

Law firms increasingly turn to “cloud services” for processing and storing confidential client information because of their greater flexibility and efficiency. Use of “the cloud,” however, outsources the administration,...more

SEC Condemns Breach Of Client Confidences While Offering Possible Bounties For Breaches

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had “charged a California-based attorney and his wife with insider trading on confidential information obtained from a corporate client.” According to the...more

New York Court Expands Application Of Common Interest Privilege In Case Involving M&A Transaction

Expanding the law in New York governing the attorney client privilege, New York’s intermediate appellate court held last week that anticipated or pending litigation is not a necessary prerequisite to invoking the common...more

Will California’s “Kill Switch” Law Kill An Employer’s Ability To Protect Sensitive Company Information?

Will California’s “Kill Switch” Law Kill An Employer’s Ability To Protect Sensitive Company Information? In this digital age, smartphone technology has become essential and ubiquitous to business operations. But the...more

Oops and the FOIA, Part One; Kadri v. Groton Board of Education and Protections From the Accidental Disclosure of Attorney-Client...

What happens when your agency’s lawyer sends out a confidential letter that is somehow leaked? A relatively recent decision by the Freedom of Information Commission [“FOIC”] appears to indicate that all is not lost, as...more

SEC Acknowledges Ethical Obligations May Preclude Voluntary Reporting Out By Attorneys

In 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules that purportedly immunized attorneys who, subject to specific conditions, reveal confidential information to the SEC. 17 C.F.R. § 205.3(d)(2) Technically, the...more

A Good Faith Review of 2013

With the arrival of the new year, many are applying the mantra “out with the old, in with the new.” Although this may be motivational for personal resolutions, it does not generally apply in the context of law as last year’s...more

Beware of What Happens to the Attorney-Client Privilege When Your Company is Sold

In Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Weintraub, the United States Supreme Court noted that: When control of a corporation passes to new management, the authority to assert and waive the corporation’s attorney-client...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisition Law News - Recap of Fourth Quarter 2013

In this issue: *News from the Court: - Guidance from Delaware Chancery Court for Notice Provisions and - Survival Periods - Privileged Pre-Merger Attorney-Client Communications Belong to Surviving...more

International Practice - January 2014: Selecting a Foreign Attorney: Avoiding “Legal Pirates” and Effectively Managing the...

U.S. businesses are increasingly looking for growth opportunities abroad. A recent study showed that global businesses based in upstate New York achieved almost three times the growth rate and earned over 10% more in revenue...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Clarifies Contours of Attorney-Client Privilege

In two recent opinions, the Delaware Court of Chancery clarified the parameters and application of certain aspects of the attorney-client privilege under Delaware law. On November 15, 2013, the court decided Great Hill Equity...more

Sharing Privileged Information During Due Diligence

Consider this scenario: During routine due diligence for an impending transaction, the acquiring company learns that the business it is trying to buy has received a grand jury subpoena and is now conducting an internal...more

Influential Appeals Court Rejects Attempt by Former In-House Counsel to Use Privileged Information Against Company in...

The pool of potential qui tam relators may have just shrunk a little, based on a recent decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that has put the ability of in-house lawyers to become qui tam relators into serious...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Qui Tam Case Based on Attorney’s Use of Confidential Information

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the decision of the District Court for the Southern District of New York to disqualify Fair Laboratory Practices Associates (FLPA) from its qui tam suit against...more

Three Common Questions Asked by Advisors of Non-Filing Taxpayers

Lawyers in every area run into clients who admit that they have not filed their tax returns. Among the many questions raised by this information are the following three, which come up nearly every time. This outline gives...more

Secrets Must Be Kept Even When Not Privileged

Yesterday, I discussed whether an SEC attorney might commit an ethical violation by encouraging an attorney to disclose her client’s confidences. That discussion was prompted by a recent posting by Lawrence A. West...more

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