Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ct finds communication among attorneys regarding possible malpractice claim by client is privileged

According to a story on the Ethical Quandary blog, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has rendered an important decision in the area of law firm risk management and attorney-client privilege. The court held that when lawyers within a firm communicate internally regarding the firm’s potential malpractice in an existing client’s matter, those communications are protected from later discovery by the client under the attorney-client privilege unless the client can establish good cause for discovery. The case is called Tattletale Alarm Systems, Inc. v. Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP. For more on the story and a full summary of the case, go here.

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