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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

Communication That Was Business Communication Could Not Be Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege But Could be Protected by...

Flatworld Interactives ("Flatworld") filed a patent infringement action against Apple Inc. ("Apple"). During the litigation, Apple sought the production of several documents that Flatworld claimed were protected by the...more

What To Do When You Are Served With a Search Warrant

In recent years, state and federal law enforcement agencies continue to increase their investigation and prosecution of white collar crime, particularly relating to the securities and healthcare industries. The search warrant...more

Settlement Privilege, Limitation Periods and the Meaning of Without Prejudice

In Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. v Penn West Petroleum Ltd., 2013 ABCA 10, the Alberta Court of Appeal explains the key principles of settlement privilege and confirms the important protection this provides. The Court addresses...more

Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement And Emerging Practical Issues

As global enforcement becomes a reality, companies face a unique set of risks which can be mind-numbing in complications. With the long-arm reach of the FCPA, UK Bribery Act and other anti-corruption laws, more enforcement...more

In Delaware, Privilege Goes to the Buyer -- Court Finds Buyer Controls Attorney-Client Privilege over Seller’s Pre-Closing...

The Delaware court of chancery held recently that control over a target company’s attorney-client privileged communications, including communications between the target company’s counsel and its pre-merger stockholders,...more

Bickering Brothers Break Common Interest and Results in Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege

Porto Technology Co., LTD ("Porto") filed a patent infringement action against Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless ("Verizon"). During the litigation, Verizon moved to compel communications between two of the...more

A Tale Of Two States: Access To Attorney-Client Privilege Materials In Intra-Corporate Disputes Involving Close Corporations

Most people communicating with their lawyer rightfully believe their discussions are privileged and cannot be disclosed to others without permission. However, when litigation ensues, because the attorney-client privilege...more

High Court makes a common sense decision when it comes to privilege

In Expense Reduction Analysts Group Pty Ltd v Armstrong Strategic Management and Marketing Pty Limited [2013] HCA 46 the High Court has overturned a decision by the NSW Court of Appeal and ordered the return of privileged...more

Limit the Risks Associated with Distributing Privileged Communications Inside the Company

Our team at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck recently alerted you to the risk of corporate executives using business email accounts for personal purposes. Click here to read the first alert. In light of developing case law in...more

A Low or Mid-Level Employee Can Create A Privileged Communication, But Cannot Waive The Privilege Once Created

Hedden v. Kean University, A-4999-12T2, decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division on October 24, 2013, provides a tutorial on the ability of low to mid level employees to create privileged attorney-client communications,...more

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