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Joint Defense Agreements Are Not Protected By The Attorney-Client Privilege

by Brooks Pierce on

Why would any lawyer think that his Joint Defense Agreement, entered into with a co-defendant, was protected from production by the attorney-client privilege? Well, the lawyer for one of the Defendants In AP Atlantic, Inc.,...more

[Webinar] ACEDS Webinar: eDiscovery Pitfalls and Potholes to Avoid - June 14th, 12:00pm CT

by CloudNine on

If you’ve conducted discovery for litigation, investigations or audits, you know that “Murphy’s Law” dictates that a number of “pitfalls” and “potholes” could occur that can derail your project. These issues can add...more

Court Offers Rare Good News and a Helpful Hint about Effective Privilege Logs

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Plaintiffs suing document-laden corporate defendants often try to make privilege log mistakes into a destructive side show. In Dyson, Inc. v. SharkNinja Operating LLC, No. 1:14-cv-0779, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52074 (N.D....more

Does Compelling the Disclosure of Documents Allegedly Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege Constitute a Final, Appealable Order?

Last month, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a ruling in Burnham v. Cleveland Clinic, 2016-Ohio-8000, on an interesting issue – “whether an order compelling the production of documents allegedly protected by the attorney-client...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 2

by CloudNine on

As we noted yesterday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to admissibility and...more

High Court Rules That Witness Interview Notes Are Not Covered by Legal Advice Privilege

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In December 2016, the English High Court ruled that transcripts, notes and other records of witness interviews prepared by in-house and external counsel in the course of an internal investigation were not covered by either...more

Key Lessons From the Recent Precedential Order by Federal Circuit – Jurisdiction, Mandamus, and Privilege

On November 17, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit published a precedential order denying a petition for a writ of mandamus to overturn a district court’s determination. In In re: Rearden LLC,...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - October 2016"

The fifth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, and discovery responses. Please see...more

Production of Insurance Company Claim Files In Bad Faith Litigation: Three Years After Cedell, Where Are We?

by Cozen O'Connor on

Bad faith litigation is complex and costly. In these types of cases, the discovery process often sets the initial tone of the lawsuit and the request for production of the insurer’s claim file is automatic. Typically, the...more

Court Denies Defendant’s Motion for Production of Documents for In Camera Review: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Portland Pipe Line Corp. et. al. v. City of South Portland et. al., No. 15-00054 (D. Maine, Sept. 8, 2016), Maine Magistrate Judge John H. Rich, III denied the defendants’ motion to compel the production of documents...more

Court Analyzes a Subject Matter Waiver's Scope

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Once a feared effect of disclosing privileged communications (sometimes even inadvertently), subject matter waivers now occur in most courts only when a litigant attempts to gain some advantage in litigation by affirmatively...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

Court Finds Bracewell & Guiliani Report Unprotected by the Privilege or the Work Product Doctrine

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Many clients assume that the attorney-client privilege will almost always automatically protect any law firm's report to them, and that the work product doctrine will also apply whenever they anticipate litigation. Like other...more

E-Discovery — Are custodial collections none of your business?

The party receiving discovery requests in litigation has the job of trying to understand the locations of potentially responsive data and documents; determining the identity of key custodians; and determining the most...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

E-Discovery Update: Email Threading Cuts Costs, Reduces Production of Irrelevant, Potentially Privileged Documents

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Email threading is becoming more and more prevalent in the world of e-discovery. It can be a valuable tool for cost-saving and efficiency in document review and production. Many parties are not familiar with or do not...more

District Court Stays Action Pending Appellate Review of Motion to Compel Privileged Documents

The district court had previously ordered plaintiffs to produce certain documents to the extent that documents containing communications between plaintiff and its non-attorney patent agents were not subject to the...more

Preserving the Corporate Privilege in Internal Investigations: DC Circuit Clarifies Scope of the Privilege in Important Series of...

by WilmerHale on

For the second time in just over a year, the DC Circuit granted the extraordinary remedy of a writ of mandamus to protect a company’s assertion of privilege over materials relating to an internal investigation. In a...more

DC Circuit reaffirms confidentiality of internal investigation communications

by Dentons on

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

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

California Supreme Court to Hear PRA Case on Inadvertent or Accidental Disclosure of Privileged Records

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court has granted review of a controversial Public Records Act ruling and will decide whether the well-recognized protection for attorney-client privileged documents inadvertently disclosed during the...more

Court Orders Production of Work Product Documents under Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege Where Defendants Had...

In an earlier filed decision, the district court had previously found that Escort and its defense counsel had knowingly misled the plaintiff, Fleming, which warranted a sanction of attorney fees. As explained by the district...more

Implied Waiver of Privilege in Internal Investigations: Barko Court Compels Production of Internal Investigation Documents, Again

On November 20, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia once again ordered Kellogg, Brown and Root (“KBR”) to produce all documents prepared as part of an internal investigation.  The District Court’s decision...more

PTAB Expands Discovery for Inter Partes Review

by McDermott Will & Emery on

GEA Process Engineering, Inc. v. Steuben Foods, Inc. - In a decision that has the potential to expand the scope of permissible discovery in inter partes reviews (IPRs) as well as other post-grant procedures under the...more

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