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Attorney-Client Privilege Confidential Communications

Illinois Appellate Court Recognizes Common Interest Exception to Waiver of Privilege Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 7, 2017, an Illinois appellate court held that co-defendants in a case who agree to share information pursuant to their common interest in defeating their litigation opponent do not waive either the...more

How Do Courts Decide If Employees CC'ing a Lawyer are Implicitly Seeking Legal Advice?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Electronic communications exacerbate judges' already difficult task of determining if employees copying lawyers on their communications with fellow employees are implicitly seeking legal advice – and thus deserve privilege...more

Maximizing Efficiency, Minimizing Risk: Understanding the Common Interest Doctrine

by K&L Gates LLP on

The common interest doctrine provides that, if two or more separately represented entities with a common legal, factual, or strategic interest exchange information with each other and their respective lawyers, a communication...more

Is it a Privilege to Speak With a PR Consultant? Maybe Not for Kesha!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

So you were just retained on what could become a high-profile case. The stakes are high, and it’s unclear how this will play in the media. The issue may arise based on the parties to the case, the nature of the claims, or...more

UK Court of Appeal Grants ENRC Permission to Appeal Widely Criticised Privilege Ruling - and Law Society Seeks to Intervene

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 11, 2017, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation was granted permission by the Court of Appeal to appeal the High Court's ruling articulating a significant restriction on the scope of legal professional privilege...more

Courts Continue to Catalogue Client Consultants Outside Privilege Protection

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Clients' agents/consultants are nearly always outside privilege protection. This generally means that their documents do not deserve privilege protection; their presence during otherwise privileged communications aborts that...more

Courts Look for Lawyers' Responses to Clients' Requests for Legal Advice

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The privilege can protect clients' requests for legal advice, and lawyers' responses. But employees simply cc'ing a lawyer on an email to another employee cannot guarantee privilege protection – because the email might be...more

Does the Attorney-Client Privilege Protect a Lawyer's Retention Date?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Content is king in the privilege world, in contrast to the work product protection – which largely depends on context. For this reason, the privilege rarely if ever protects the facts and circumstances of (1) the...more

No Privilege Extended To Communications With PR Consultant, But Court Provides Roadmap To Possible Application

by Weintraub Tobin on

It is not uncommon in this day of social media influence for an attorney to seek out the assistance of a public relations consultant to play a role in connection with a high profile lawsuit. Such media experts can help assess...more

The Common Interest Doctrine: Maintaining Confidentiality

While confidentiality is usually destroyed when communications between an attorney and client take place in the presence of a third party or when work product is shared with others, those communications can remain protected...more

Fundamentals of Document and ESI Discovery

by Knobbe Martens on

Preserving Evidence: •“The duty to preserve evidence begins when litigation is ‘pending or reasonably foreseeable.’” Micron Tech., Inc. v. Rambus, Inc., 645 F.3d 1311, 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2011) •“It is, of course, not...more

Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Two recent cases in state appellate court show the risks of sharing privileged communications with public relations consultants. But they also provide practical guidance on how to protect the confidentiality of...more

What Communications Between a Lawyer and Client are Protected by Solicitor-Client Privilege?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Solicitor-client privilege applies broadly to the continuum of communications concerning matters within the solicitor-client relationship, the BC Court of Appeal recently held in British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Lee,...more

Employers May Wish to Update Electronic Access Policies to Assure Access to Employee's Emails with Counsel - New York Appellate...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In most states, it is fairly clear that attorney-client privilege does not apply to communications between an employee and the employee's personal lawyer if the communications are made using the employer's email system and if...more

First Department Finds Work-Product Protection Not Waived by Storage of Documents on Company Laptop

On June 6, 2017, the First Department had an opportunity to apply—and reaffirm—last month’s decision in Peerenboom v. Marvel Entm’t, LLC, where the Court held that use of a company email system for personal purposes “does...more

Attorney-Client Privilege and Corporate E-Mail: Navigating the Morass of Personal Communications in Investigations

by King & Spalding on

Experienced practitioners know that the purpose of the attorney-client privilege is to protect the confidentiality of client communications. Thus, as company policies that allow monitoring of emails or provide third party...more

Encrypting Emails: ABA Issues New Guidance Addressing Security Concerns over Attorney-Client Communications

In May, the American Bar Association (“ABA”) released a Formal Opinion 477, providing guidance on attorney use of emails in communication with clients. In doing so, the ABA has promulgated a new standard when considering the...more

California Court of Appeal Clarifies the Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege for Communications with an Attorney and a Third...

by Payne & Fears on

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal in Behunin v. Superior Court, 9 Cal. App. 5th 833 (2017), is a reminder that a party’s communications with an attorney and a third party consultant must be reasonably...more

[Webinar] Confidentiality and Privilege: Not One and the Same - June 14th, 12:00 pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The lawyer’s duty of confidentiality and the attorney client privilege share a common basis, and both address information a lawyer must protect. However, they are not a single concept, and lawyers often confuse the two. ...more

ABA Issues New Guidance on Safeguarding Electronic Communications

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a significant opinion published on May 11, 2017, the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility provided additional guidance on a lawyer's obligations to protect client...more

Attorney Risks Disqualification If After Receiving Presumptively Privileged Communication Fails to Notify Privilege Holder and...

In McDermott Will & Emery LLP v. Superior Court (4/18/2017 – No. G053623), the Fourth Appellate District, in a 2-1 decision, considered two distinct issues: 1. Whether the attorney-client privilege for a confidential e-mail...more

Can the Attorney-Client Privilege Protect Corporate Executives' Notes of Their Conversations with a Lawyer?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The attorney-client privilege protects communications between lawyers and their clients, primarily motivated by the latter's need for legal advice. Some corporations' adversaries challenge privilege protection for withheld...more

Sharing Legal Communications With PR Firm Raises Privilege Issues for Hospital

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A recent case in Pennsylvania reminds companies to think carefully about sharing their attorney-client communications with third parties, such as public relations firms. On March 13, a unanimous three-judge panel of the...more

2016 Guidance from the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Attorney-Client Privilege Issues

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In civil litigation, parties frequently communicate with consultants, tax advisors, friends, family, and others concerning the subject matter of the litigation, and such communications raise issues regarding the possible...more

A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

by Wilson Elser on

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the...more

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