Work Product Privilege

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Court Refreshingly Interprets the Work Product Rule as it is Written

In one of the greatest mysteries involving the work product doctrine, some federal courts only protect documents created by or at the direction of lawyers — although Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(3) cannot possibly be read to include...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - New Partnership Audit Procedures May Dramatically Affect the Assessment and Collection...

In addition to the discussion of the new partnership audit rules, this month’s issue features articles regarding a recent district court decision in Ellis v. United States regarding the attorney-client privilege and work...more

Second Circuit Offers Bad News, Good News and No News

In Schaeffler v. United States, 806 F.3d 34 (2d Cir. 2015), the Second Circuit reversed a district court's holding that (1) a taxpayer waived his privilege protection by disclosing protected legal advice to his lenders, and...more

December 2015: International Arbitration Update

Increasing Trend of Requiring Disclosure of Litigation Funding Agreements in International Arbitration. Third-party funding of litigation is a fast- growing industry, and funders have become increasingly active in funding...more

Protecting Your Rights to Work Product

Any work product created by company employees belongs to the employer. However, business owners are surprised to learn that intellectual property rights to work product created by independent contractors hired to develop...more

Who Controls an Audit Committee's Privilege and Work Product Protection if the Company Declares Bankruptcy?

Many courts recognize that a corporation's constituent (such as an audit committee or a group of independent directors) can own the privilege and work product protection covering the constituent's internal corporate...more

Why Every Data Breach Response Plan Should Involve Outside Counsel

The importance of retaining outside counsel after a data breach was recently underscored in the Target data breach class-action litigation filed by the financial institutions. Plaintiffs filed a motion to compel Target to...more

Courts Reject Protection for Corporate Investigations, but Offer Helpful Guidance: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described two cases rejecting defendant's protection claims for internal investigations. In each case, the court held that the defendant undertook its investigation in the ordinary course of its...more

Second Circuit Reaffirms That Attorney-Client Privilege Is Not Waived By Sharing Documents With Parties Pursuant to a Common Legal...

On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion reaffirming that the attorney-client privilege and work product protections were not waived by a businessman and his company when they...more

Courts Reject Protection for Corporate Investigations, but Offer Helpful Guidance: Part I

Companies' internal investigations can deserve (1) privilege protection, if primarily motivated by the need for legal advice; and (2) work product protection, if primarily motivated by anticipated litigation. In both...more

California Appellate Court Addresses Release of City Attorney’s Private E-mails

An appellate court ordered a trial court judge to reconsider his order that e-mails to and from the San Diego city attorney’s personal account be released publicly. The League of California Cities argued that e-mails between...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Common Legal Interest and Work Product Doctrines for Material Shared Among Transacting Parties

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that the “common interest” doctrine protects legal and tax liability analysis prepared for a client and subsequently shared with a consortium of banks providing...more

Second Circuit Determines That Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected Under the Common Interest Doctrine and...

On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held in a published opinion that (i) the attorney-client privilege was not waived by appellants-taxpayers who shared a group of documents,...more

Court Rules Target Data Breach Internal Investigation Documents Largely Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product...

The Minnesota magistrate judge presiding over discovery in the litigation seeking to hold Target Corp. liable for the retailer’s 2013 data breach issued an order denying the motion by a plaintiff class of about 9,000 banks to...more

Federal Preemption and Peer Review - A New Frontier

It’s not often that we get to blog about a new area of federal preemption, but we do so today. This isn’t a big area, otherwise we would have known about it before, but it is pertinent to drug and medical device product...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - November 2015

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including developments in U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement; the introduction of...more

Claiming Privilege or Work Product Protection During Discovery Can Risk Trial Disaster

Last week's Privilege Point addressed the decreasing subject matter waiver risk of corporations' pretrial disclosure of arguably privileged communications, or even their passing reference to legal advice in pretrial filings....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

Business Lit Ledger - Fall 2015

In this Fall issue of our newsletter, you will find a review of several significant legal developments. For example, our antitrust group reviews actions taken by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice...more

Court Analyzes Possible Privilege Protection for Communications with Public Relations Consultants

Corporations and their lawyers frequently work with public relations consultants when facing ongoing or anticipated litigation. In the work product context, courts agree that disclosing preexisting work product to such...more

What Level of Litigation "Anticipation" Triggers Work Product Protection?

One of the great ironies of work product protection involves federal courts' widely varying interpretation of the single sentence codifying the Federal Rules' work product protection. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(3)(A). Among many...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Addresses Deposition Conduct And Instructions Not To Answer

Rhode Island has long honored the late Professor Robert B. Kent’s teachings on civil procedure, including his opinions concerning depositions. In keeping with Professor Kent’s teachings, Rhode Island courts take the position...more

Business Litigation Report - September 2015

Alleging Fraud in a Financial Crisis: The Second Circuit Articulates a Less Stringent Pleading Standard for Loss Causation: Loss causation has emerged as a central obstacle to post-financial-crisis fraud cases. The loss...more

Project In(Site): Legal Developments Impacting Construction & Government Contract Industries

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Project In(Site), Seyfarth’s Construction and Government Contracts practice groups’ publication focusing on decisions or other items of interest for construction and government contract...more

3rd District Issues Favorable Decision for Defendants Regarding Plaintiff's Discovery of Defendant's Work Product

In Seaboard Marine Ltd. v. Clark, 40 Fla. Law Weekly D2164 (Fla. 3d DCA Sept. 16, 2015) (copy attached), the Third held that the trial court erred in compelling the defendant to produce 91 relevant post-accident photographs....more

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