Privileged Testimony

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Michigan Court Extends Physician-Patient Privilege To Apply To Any Entity That Obtains Protected Medical Information From A Doctor

On March 12, 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals in Meier v. Awaad, No. 310808, held that the Michigan Department of Community Health (“MDCH”) could utilize the state’s physician-patient privilege to protect against...more

Attorney-Client Confidentiality

Attorney-client privilege is a rule that protects both attorneys and their clients from disclosing confidential communications vital for the purposes of furnishing or obtaining legal advice or assistance....more

Recent Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Decision Finds that Grievance Process Communications are Privileged

A grievance process is designed to promptly resolve workplace disputes by encouraging a frank and open dialogue between the parties. Accordingly, Arbitrators have long held that communications exchanged in the grievance...more

Alleged Sexist Comments At OLRB Safety-Reprisal Mediation Were Privileged, Could Not Form Basis For Discrimination Complaint

An alleged comment that “women don’t like to do that job”, and other discussions at an Ontario Labour Relations Board safety-reprisal mediation, were privileged and could not form the basis for a discrimination complaint, the...more

Does ‘Speech or Debate’ Trump the Right to Defend Oneself in Court?

On February 5, 2013, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to hold that U.S. legislators and their aides cannot be forced...more

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