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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

Not So Fast: Limits of "Settlement Negotiation" Protections

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Think Twice Before Assuming Your "Settlement Negotiations" May Not Be Used Against You - Most people who are involved in resolving disputes or negotiating deals for their businesses have seen documents labeled...more

“Pink Slime” Lawsuit Spins Off into Insurance Dispute

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Earlier this year, ABC News, through its parent company, reached a midtrial settlement with Beef Products Inc. in the now infamous “pink slime” lawsuit. Under South Dakota food libel statutes, damages in the case could have...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

California Mediation Confidentiality May Apply to Third Party “Participants” Retained to Provide Analysis

by Snell & Wilmer on

California Evidence Code section 1119 governs the general admissibility of oral and written communications generated during the mediation process. Section 1119(a) provides that “[n]o evidence of anything said or any admission...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

European Court Restricts Employer Access to Employee’s Private Communications

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

With its recent ruling in Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a decision of enormous impact for employers in Europe. The decision makes clear...more

Circuit Denies Protection to Hallway Conversation Between Co-Defendants, Highlighting Limits of JDAs

A Joint-Defense Agreement (JDA) can be an extremely valuable tool in coordinating defenses against pending or impending prosecution, as it formalizes the creation of a zone of privilege in which co-defendants and their...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

Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims Arising From Mediation

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In today’s legal landscape, the settlement of litigation is often reached outside of the courtroom, as parties resort to mediation either by their own volition or due to court mandate. To encourage the use of mediation,...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

Purpose, privilege and duty – surviving the break down

by Dentons on

The recent decision of Sharpe v Grobbel [2017] NSWSC 1065 acts as a reminder for lawyers about their duty to claim privilege for clients even if they are no longer acting. It highlights the point in time in which common...more

2 Essentials For Dealing With Employees Attempting To Game the System

by Fisher Phillips on

Today’s workplace is fraught with legal traps for well-intentioned but unwary managers. But one issue stands out far above the rest as perhaps the single biggest employee challenge in today’s workplace: malingering employees...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

Ensuring appropriate confidentiality in arbitration: guidance for arbitrators and parties alike

by Dentons on

A recent case, Symbion Power LLC v. Venco Imtiaz Construction Co [2017] EWHC 348 (TCC), highlighted two issues which touch on confidentiality in arbitrations: (1) the confidentiality of communications from an arbitrator to a...more

Want to Peek at Your Employee’s Email? Be Careful!

Can you look at an employee’s personal email account if you access it on company equipment? A recent opinion from the federal District Court of Maryland should at least make you think twice before doing that. In Levin, et al....more

Be Careful What and Who You Tell: Limitations on Defense Counsel Reporting

by Dickinson Wright on

Almost 40 years ago the Arizona Supreme Court issued an opinion which has had a far-reaching impact on how insurance defense counsel report to the defending carrier....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

One Year After Ambac: Sharing Information Among Deal Parties

by WilmerHale on

On June 9, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued its decision in Ambac Assurance Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans Inc. and held that the common interest doctrine protects only communications among deal parties that are...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

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