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Attorney-Client Privilege Internal Investigations

Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Who’s Next?—Are you prepared for harassment allegations in your...

by Ruder Ware on

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not new. However, the rash of recent cases reported in Hollywood, Corporate America, and our Federal Government are shining a new spotlight on the issue. As an employer in Wisconsin,...more

How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: Conducting a “privileged” investigation

by Bryan Cave on

A large portion of the data breaches that occur each year involve human resource related information. Bryan Cave has put together a multi-part series to help human resource managers understand, prepare for, and react to, a...more

An Inside Job: Highlights From November’s ACC Presentation

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 8, 2017, Suzzanne W. Decker, a Principal in the Miles & Stockbridge Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration practice group, and Sandra McLelland, Managing Counsel at Under Armour, presented a webinar to members...more

Protecting the Privacy of Privileged Internal Investigations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Internal investigations by outside counsel are an essential tool for corporations to ensure they are compliant with governing regulations and statutes, particularly when they are faced with allegations of potential...more

Internal Investigations: Protecting the Attorney- Client Privilege

by Michael Volkov on

I like to repeat myself – attorneys are valuable for only two reasons: (1) attorney-client privilege; and (2) advice of counsel defense. I know I am not supposed to denigrate my profession but these are two important reasons,...more

Me Too, But Now What? What Board Members Need to Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Allegations of workplace sexual harassment and assault have recently made headlines from Silicon Valley to Hollywood and have brought down the careers of numerous high-profile executives. Partially a response to the uptick in...more

Decision of the German Constitutional Court on attorney-client privilege in internal investigations to be expected

by DLA Piper on

The current legislation and jurisprudence regarding information and documents derived from internal investigations is ambiguous. The German Constitutional Court now has to decide on the seizure of documents from an internal...more

Got Privilege? When It Comes to Internal Investigations, Think Again …

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia serves as a helpful reminder on the difficulties of maintaining privilege during internal company investigations. But with a...more

Does Disclosure Of Results Of Internal Investigation Constitute Subject Matter Waiver?

by Allen Matkins on

Last Friday, I wrote about one of the docketed appeals in Wynn Resorts, Limited v. Eight Jud. Dist. Ct., 41 Nev. Adv. Op. 52 (2017). Today’s post concerns the other docketed appeal in that case. This appeal addressed...more

Cadwalader Loses Work Product and Privilege Claims for 51 Internal Investigation Witness Interview Memoranda: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point explained that Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft's client Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) lost a work product claim for 51 witness interviews the firm prepared during its internal...more

Private Equity and Privilege: Why Recent Legal Developments Matter to Buyout Firms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Legal professional privilege allows clients to share information with lawyers, knowing it need not be revealed in court. Privilege extends to legal advice generally, and to documents prepared in contemplation of litigation. ...more

Internal Investigations and Privilege: The Alberta Court of Appeal Weighs In

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The documents and records of an internal investigation into a workplace accident may be privileged notwithstanding a statutory obligation to carry out an investigation and prepare a report, the Alberta Court of Appeal...more

Cadwalader Loses Work Product and Privilege Claims for 51 Internal Investigation Witness Interview Memoranda: Part I

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft lawyers conducted an internal corporate investigation into allegations of self-dealing at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). When a private plaintiff sued WMATA and several...more

Alberta's Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven

by Field Law on

With its decision this week in Alberta v. Suncor Energy Inc, 2017 ABCA 221, the Alberta Court of Appeal has considered and clarified the application of solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege to incidents under...more

Managing International Investigations: European Conceptions of Attorney-Client Privilege and Their Effect on International...

Update on 5/12: Jones Day’s complaint has been thrown out by a court in Munich. That decision reinforces the importance of examining how attorney-client privilege is construed in different foreign jurisdictions. On March...more

Are Lawyers' Notes Privileged? - Lawyers' Interview Notes Created in Internal Investigation Ordered to Be Disclosed in U.K....

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A recent English decision on privilege has cast doubt on the legal protection provided to lawyers' work product when assisting corporate clients with internal investigations. In The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v...more

English High Court Decision Further Curtails Application of Legal Privilege in Internal Investigations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Corporations should take steps to ensure their internal investigations are not used against them in English litigation. A recent decision in an English court could have important consequences for internal corporate...more

Day 2 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Selection of Investigative Counsel

by Thomas Fox on

A key component of this fair and objective evaluation is the WHO question; that is, who should supervise the investigation and who should handle the investigation? You should have independent counsel should handle any serious...more

Are Your Internal Investigation Memos Protected as Privileged or Work Product?

by Bryan Cave on

A recent decision by Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is a stark reminder that neither the attorney-client privilege nor the work product doctrine automatically protects...more

Check Your Privilege: English Court Rules Internal Investigation Materials Cannot be Withheld from Prosecutor

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

“Privilege is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the common law, and a principle which is central to the administration of justice. Once a document is subject to privilege, the privilege is absolute: it cannot be...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

Protecting Privilege of the Corporate Compliance Officer

by Baker Donelson on

The Corporate Compliance Officer (CCO) acts as the organizational conscience overseeing the compliance program. Corporate integrity promotes a strong brand reputation, avoids high-profile failures and contributes to a strong...more

Protecting privilege during Australian internal investigations: is lawyer work product at risk?

by DLA Piper on

In the long running RBS Rights Issue litigation, the English High Court has recently ruled that notes of interviews of bank employees, prepared by the bank's in-house lawyers who conducted the interviews as part of an...more

Accused of Taking Confidential Information? Five Immediate Steps That Can Limit Risk

by Kobre & Kim on

Disputes over trade secrets and confidential information have increased dramatically in recent years. Often arising after a business hires an employee from a competitor, a proposed acquisition falls through, or information is...more

UK Decision Highlights Potential Privilege Problems in Cross-Border Investigations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

7 steps companies can take to maximize privilege protections under US and English law. Key Points: ..In a recent case, an English court stated that privilege did not apply to notes of employee interviews,...more

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