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Law Firm Uses Attorney-Client Privilege As Shield In Derivative Suit

Nancy Wojtas at Cooley LLP recently brought an interesting ruling to my attention that involves the interplay between derivative litigation and the attorney-client privilege, IP Telesis Inc. v. Velocity Networks Inc., C.D. Cal. Case No.CV 11-09950 RGK (AJWx) (Nov. 5, 2012).  The case involved a derivative suit against a law firm.   The plaintiff charged the law firm with aiding,…

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When A Corporation Dissolves, Does The Attorney-Client Privilege Live On?

Generally, a corporation’s suit for legal malpractice results in a waiver of the attorney-client privilege.  When the corporation’s suit is brought derivatively, however, the privilege is not waived.  McDermott, Will & Emery v. Superior Court, 83 Cal. App. 4th 378, 383 (2000).  Therein lies a problem. If the attorney-client privilege is not waived by the filing…

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