Work Product Privilege

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Court Allows Third Party Discovery Of Broker Materials Claimed To Be Privileged

Defendant liability insurers sought discovery from Third Party Aon relating to a dispute between defendants and plaintiff regarding an umbrella coverage program. Aon provided some, but not all responsive documents, citing...more

D.C. federal court reconsiders decision on FOIA requests to CFPB

Last September, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued an opinion on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by Judicial Watch to the CFPB for documents relating to Richard Cordray’s recess appointment as...more

Privileged Communications With Outside Consultants

Penn State University recently decided to waive attorney-client privilege and cooperate in the criminal prosecutions of certain former employees. Obviously, the former employees have attempted to assert privilege to exclude...more

Federal District Court: Documents Created During an In-House Corporate Compliance Investigation Are Not Privileged

In a noteworthy decision in Barko v. Hallilburton Co., a federal court has ruled that a company's internal investigations are not privileged and must be produced to a whistleblower. In light of the ruling in Barko, government...more

Proceed with Caution: D.C. District Court Says Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine Do Not Survive Internal Fraud...

On March 6, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Company et al. that should serve as a wake-up call for all companies conducting internal...more

Federal Court Ruling Raises Questions About Privileged Nature Of Certain Internal Investigations

On March 6, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (“KBR”) must produce to a qui tam relator 89 documents relating to internal investigations...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - March 2014

CONTENTS - United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: An Absence of Ascertainable Damages Does Not Preclude an Award of Punitive Damages for Bad Faith pages 1 - 2 - Northern District of Alabama: Insurer...more

The Evolving Role of the E-Discovery Special Master

Judge Richard A. Levie (Ret.) is widely respected for his ability to manage and resolve the most complex cases. As a special master, Judge Levie works with the parties to develop a case management order to move cases forward...more

Your Appraisal or Their Appraisal? Applying For Federal Reimbursement May Destroy An Appraisal’s Protected Status

In a recent decision by the Appellate Division, Third Department, Lerner v. New York, the Court confirmed that documents prepared in anticipation of litigation, including appraisal reports, would lose their protection as...more

Proof of Claim Could Cost You Your Privilege - Bankruptcy Court Holds Attorney's Signature on Proof of Claim Form Renders Attorney...

A properly filed proof of claim serves as prima facie evidence as to a claim's validity. But when this written statement is signed by a creditor's attorney, the court may find that the attorney has become a fact witness and...more

Washington Insurance Law - 2013 Year in Review

2013 was a particularly eventful year in Washington insurance law. This paper summarizes the holdings of several notable Washington insurance decisions that were filed in 2013. Bad Faith - Attorney-Client...more

District Court Accords Work Product Protection to Taxpayer Documents Prepared during a Transaction’s Planning Stages

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware recently interpreted the work product privilege in a manner favorable to taxpayers, ruling that documents can be prepared “in anticipation of litigation” even if created...more

Apple v. Samsung: Samsung's Request for Stay of Discovery Orders Denied Where Magistrate Judge Made No Ruling on Privilege Issues...

As a result of Samsung's alleged violation of the protective order, Magistrate Judge Grewal previously ordered Samsung to produce to Apple emails and communications by Samsung employees that would shed light on the scope of...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

Post-Accident Investigation Reports: Protecting Work Product

A workplace accident causes injury. In-house legal counsel edits the resulting post-accident investigation report and labels it “prepared in anticipation of litigation.” Many would assume without question that the report is...more

Law Firm Internal Privilege: Update

If you attended our law firm risk managers' lunch forum in April, you will recall that two closely-watched cases - one in Georgia the other in Massachusetts - were then pending, involving the scope of the attorney - privilege...more

Who Do You Represent? Pitfalls and Perils of Representing an Organization

Introduction - In almost every long term care case, as well as other types of medical negligence cases, one or more of the defendants is some form of legal entity, usually a corporation. ...more

Focus on Tax Controversy & Litigation - July 2013

In this issue: - District Court Protects Opinion Work Product Contained in Tax Accrual Workpapers in Wells Fargo - IRS Restricts Private Letter Rulings for Spin-Offs and Other Corporate Nonrecognition...more

U.S. District Court Orders Disclosure of Tax Accrual Workpapers, but Protects Opinion Work Product Information

On June 4, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota held that certain information contained in tax accrual workpapers must be disclosed by the taxpayer pursuant to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) summons,...more

Delaware Chancery Court Orders Company and Board Committee Counsel to Provide Privileged Communications to Dissident Director --...

The Delaware Court of Chancery, in Kalisman v. Friedman (Apr. 17, 2013), ordered the respective counsels for a company and for a special committee of the company’s board of directors to provide to a dissident director copies...more

Fast Five - Rhode Island Appellate Practice: June 2013

This edition of the Fast Five on Rhode Island Appellate Practice features the final chapter of the case that is commonly known in Rhode Island as the “Lead Paint Case.” Two decisions issued by the Rhode Island Supreme Court...more

IRS Denied Peek Behind the Curtain: District Court Protects Wells Fargo’s Tax Accrual Workpapers

In an important taxpayer victory, a Minnesota District Court ruled in favor of Wells Fargo, holding that the measurement and analysis of its uncertain tax positions was protected from disclosure by the work product privilege....more

Are Search Terms Work Product?

Parties conduct electronic discovery often by using search terms or keywords to locate relevant information during litigation. With the advent of electronic discovery, courts must now answer the question of whether the search...more

ITC Section 337 Update - June 3, 2013

Commission Publishes More New Rules On General Discovery Limitations, E-Discovery Limitations, And Claiming Privilege Or Work Product Protection – On May 15, 2013, the Commission published Amendments (78 Fed. Reg....more

U.S. International Trade Commission Publishes More New Rules on General Discovery Limitations, E-Discovery Limitations, and...

On May 15, 2013, the Commission published Amendments (78 Fed. Reg. 29618-24) to its Rules of Practice and Procedure concerning Adjudication and Enforcement, which become effective on June 20, 2013. The amendments provide,...more

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