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The Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege Under State Farm v. Lee: A Refresher Course

Whether a party has impliedly waived the attorney-client privilege poses a mixed question of law and fact. Twin City Fire Insurance Co. v. Burke, 204 Ariz. 251, 254, 63 P.3d 282, 285 (2003). In State Farm v. Lee, the Arizona...more

Insurance Companies and the Attorney-Client Privilege in Arizona  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk Insurance attorney Nathan D. Meyer discusses whether an insurance company can waive the attorney-client privilege in Arizona without asserting the advice of counsel defense. For more...more

Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. Rea - Court Addresses Whether Insurance Company’s Consult With Counsel Constitutes Waiver...

Rudolfo Brothers Plastering, Inc. claimed that Everest Indemnity Insurance Company acted in bad faith by entering into a settlement agreement that exhausted the liability coverage of an Owner Controlled Insurance Program...more

[Webinar] Power-up Your Privilege Review: Protecting Privileged Materials in Ediscovery - April 29, 12-1pm CST

With the growth of information subject to privilege reviews and the increased role of technology, protecting privileged documents is one of the most critical issues for lawyers and legal teams working on an ediscovery...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Accountant is Holder of Privilege, No Testamentary Exception

Late in the March term, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Brunton v. Kruger, an opinion with potentially significant implications for Illinois accountants. Brunton posed three related questions about the...more

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

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

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Scope of Accountant-Client Privilege in Will Contests

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument in Brunton v. Kruger.  Brunton involves the scope of the accountant-client privilege – specifically, what happens to that privilege after the client dies, and how the...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

Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request

California’s Public Records Act (PRA) law requires public entities to make their public records open for inspection and copying. Environmental practitioners often use PRA requests as a tool to obtain information regarding a...more

Accidental Disclosure Waives Privilege Under Public Records Act

Court of Appeal Says Privilege Removed Under PRA By Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents - If a privileged document is accidentally released to the public during compliance with a Public Records Act request,...more

Nevada Lawyers Beware: Don’t Use Privileged Documents To Prep Your Client To Testify

Twice this year, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that a party may be required to produce for inspection an otherwise privileged document used to refresh a witness’s recollection prior to or during the witness’s testimony at a...more

Court Denies Exclusive Use of TAR Privilege Review, Leaves Option on Table for Later Use (West Virginia)

Good v. American Water Works, 2014 WL 5486827 (S.D. W. Vir. Oct. 29, 2014). In this class action litigation involving the Freedom Industries chemical spill, the parties met, conferred, and agreed on all but one...more

Uncertain Privilege: Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in False Claims Act Litigation

In a pending False Claims Act (“FCA”) case stemming from alleged violations of the physician self-referral law (the “Stark Law”), 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn, and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), 42 U.S.C. §1320a-7b, the...more

White Collar Watch - October 2014

In This Issue: - Government demonstrates willingness to enforce Affordable Care Act provision that could cost providers millions of dollars - Words can come back to haunt you: Boilerplate pleading could lead...more

Words can come back to haunt you: Boilerplate pleading could lead to inadvertent waiver of attorney-client privilege

Recently, a federal district court in Georgia ruled that a defendant waived the attorney-client privilege in communications with counsel about the lawfulness of its conduct under the False Claims Act simply by pleading good...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide If Accountant-Client Privilege Applies to Will Contests

In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal in Brunton v. Kruger. Brunton involves the scope of the accountant-client privilege – more specifically, what...more

House Passes Bill to Fix Privilege Waiver Problem for Nonbanks

A bill (H.R. 5062) recently passed by the House of Representatives would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act (the CFPA), which is Title X of the Dodd-Frank legislation, to provide protection against waiver of state...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

Focus on Tax Controversy - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Waiver of Privilege: Disturbing Trends - New Repair Regulations Affect All Taxpayers - Unclaimed Property – It Is Not a Tax, but It Can Feel Like One - Excerpt from Waiver of...more

Nevada Supreme Court Reaffirms and Clarifies Sands Corp. Decision on Waiving Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product...

Recently, we released a legal alert discussing the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision in Las Vegas Sands Corp. v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct., 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 13 (February 27, 2014), which addressed the intersection of NRS 50.125...more

Ohio Court Reiterates Peer Review Privilege Applies Only to Formal Peer Review Actions

A Hospital in Ohio tried to prevent access to a patient incident report on the basis of Peer Review Privilege. The Hospital claimed that, since the incident report was reviewed by the Hospital Peer Review Committee, the...more

Tax Court Extends Implied Waiver of Privilege to Taxpayers’ State of Mind Penalty Defense

The U.S. Tax Court concludes in AD Investment 2000 Fund LLC v. Commissioner that a taxpayer’s assertion of a state of mind penalty defense waives the attorney-client privilege with respect to tax opinions provided to the...more

Coverage Opinions Remain Privileged in Bad Faith Action Even Where Gist of Recommendation is Set Forth in Letter to Insured

As a matter of first impression, the Supreme Court of West Virginia recently held that coverage opinion letters were protected by the attorney-client privilege even though the insurer subsequently sent correspondence to its...more

OSC Credit for Cooperation - Continued Uncertainty for Market Participants with Respect to Privilege

On March 13, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its revised Credit for Cooperation Program via OSC Staff Notice 15–702. As pointed out in our recent client update (OSC Adopts New Initiatives to Strengthen...more

"Recent Developments in Tax Law: Impact on Corporate Tax Strategies in 2014"

Recent changes in IRS private letter ruling policy likely will result in greater taxpayer reliance on tax opinions, which may impact certain corporate strategies in the coming year. Tax-Free Spin-Offs - During...more

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