Topic: Privilege

FCPA prosecutor picked to lead new privilege unit

The Criminal Division’s fraud section has picked a department veteran to lead the newly formed Special Matters Unit.

17 June 2020

Courts wise up to privilege defence in consultancy report disclosure battles

Capital One has filed an objection to a 26 May ruling that a cybersecurity report into a 2019 data breach is not protected by work product doctrine, arguing that litigation was the “driving force” behind the document

10 June 2020

Walmart cites privilege protection in retaliation lawsuit

Walmart brought up attorney client privilege as a reason to seal or dismiss its former lawyer’s wrongful termination lawsuit.

05 June 2020

Fraud Section to create new privilege unit

The unit will primarily handle privilege-related issues following complaints from defence counsel that prosecutors tainted cases during search and seizures.

13 May 2020

Japan considers introducing attorney-client privilege

Japanese lawyers have welcomed the prospect of attorney-client privilege in the country’s judicial landscape but said it could be a long time before it applies to white-collar cases.

30 April 2020

IRS’s subpoena of law firm client list survives Fifth Circuit appeal

A US appeals court has ruled that the IRS is allowed to subpoena a law firm’s client list as part of a probe into an alleged offshore tax evasion scheme.

29 April 2020

Sports Direct wins partial victory in privilege wrangle

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The ruling rejects the notion that email attachments are privileged simply because they are linked to privileged communications.

20 February 2020

Shell’s in-house lawyers not covered by privilege, court rules

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A Rotterdam court has ruled that Shell’s in-house lawyers are insufficiently independent from the company and cannot claim legal privilege, in a decision connected to a Dutch investigation into alleged bribery by Shell in Nigeria.

25 October 2019

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