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S.D.N.Y. Magistrate Judge Francis Analyzes the Work Product Doctrine's "Motivational" Element

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Many lawyers mistakenly focus only on the first two of three work product elements: (1) whether their clients faced "litigation," which can also include adversarial arbitrations, government proceedings, etc.; and (2) whether...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

Commercial Division Considers Default Clawback Provisions for Confidentiality Stipulations

The advent of large electronic productions has propelled a proposal to adopt new language in the standard confidentiality order used in the Commercial Division. This proposal is designed to protect parties against...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

Rule 30(b)(6) Involves Subtle Issues

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6), corporations must designate and educate one or more witnesses to answer deposition questions based on the corporation's collective knowledge. Such depositions raise obvious privilege issues,...more

A Question of Privilege: Court Wrestles With Attorney-Client and Work Product Issues in Data Breach Case

In a significant ruling addressing the scope of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine in a data breach case, a Federal judge in Oregon ordered Premera Blue Cross, the Washington-based healthcare services...more

After Objection, No Waiver of Privilege for Putting Information on File Share Site without Protection: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc., No. 1:15cv00057 (W.D. Va. Oct. 2, 2017), Virginia District Judge James P. Jones sustained the plaintiff’s objections to the Magistrate Court ruling that the...more

Florida Supreme Court: Physicians' Peer Reviews Not Protected from Public Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and held that an analysis of a medical malpractice claim sent by an attorney to an external medical review company in...more

Florida Supreme Court Says External Peer Review Reports are Discoverable Under Amendment 7

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, in Edwards v. Thomas, et al. (SC15-1893) the Florida Supreme Court held that external peer review reports are discoverable under Amendment 7. ...more

Courts Use Rule Language and Common Sense to Expand Work Product Protection: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point explained that on its face the federal work product rule (and most states' parallel rules) provide heightened opinion work product protection to any client representative's opinions -- not just...more

The E-Discovery Digest - October 2017

The eighth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, and discovery responses....more

Courts Use Rule Language and Common Sense to Expand Work Product Protection: Part I

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Unlike the common law-dominated attorney-client privilege which developed organically in each state, work product protection comes from court rules. One might think that this would simplify courts' application of that...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Confirms Attorney-Client Privilege Holder Must Affirmatively Inject Attorney-Client Communications Into...

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., v. The Honorable Christopher Whitten, 2017 WL 4296583 (Ariz. App. Sep. 28, 2017) (774 Ariz. Adv. Rep.4), the Arizona Court of Appeals just held that a legal malpractice...more

“Smoking Gun” Still Not Necessary To Prove Insurer Violated Pennsylvania’s Bad-Faith Statute

by Reed Smith on

In Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance Company, No. 28 WAP 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court confirmed that, to prevail on a claim pursuant to Pennsylvania’s bad-faith statute, a policyholder does not have to prove...more

Does a Client Risk Privilege Protection by Bringing Her Mother to a Lawyer Meeting?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Because it is absolute and can hide important facts from easy discovery, the attorney-client privilege is hard to create, narrow, and fragile. Among other things, even friendly third parties' presence can abort privilege...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

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

Are Communications With an Expediter or “Land-Use Consultant” Privileged?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In an action brought against a title company for losses in connection with a property sale, Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson, in JBGR LLC v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., denied the title insurer’s motion to amend its answer to add...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

5 Tips to Avoid the In-House Expert Trap in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

You are defending your client, a company engaged in complex scientific or technical work. As you head to trial, you have a tough decision to make. The client has employees and consultants with the knowledge and expertise to...more

Recent Privilege Decision Raises Questions for Internal Investigations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent federal district court case raises significant issues regarding privilege that should be on the radar of any in-house or outside counsel conducting an internal investigation with the goal of producing a public...more

Court Addresses Waiver Implications of a Target's Due Diligence Disclosures to its Ultimate Acquirer

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Acquiring companies predictably seek information from their acquisition targets, such as descriptions of the targets' ongoing litigation. During their due diligence, the acquirer may demand the target's documents or...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

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

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