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Whistleblowers Should Be Careful About Taking Documents

People who become aware of wrongdoing within their company and wish to act as whistleblowers will need to provide proof of wrongdoing on the part of their company. This can be easier said than done. You might need to access certain documents or company information to be able to prove your allegations. If you are Read More

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DC Circuit Rules Internal Investigation Documents Protected from Disclosure in FCA Cases

In a ruling that reversed the decision of a lower court, the D.C. Circuit recently determined that specific documents detailing internal audits are to be considered protected from disclosure under attorney-client privilege rules. The district court’s initial ruling had called for KBR, Inc. to produce various documents as evidence. The circuit court’s reversal, however, came Read More

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Attorney-Client Privilege Also Protects Employee-Employee Communications

The protections available in terms of attorney-client privilege often depend on the type of content found in the communications. Because of this fact, privilege logs almost never play a dispositive role in case analyses that courts perform. But occasionally, the adversary in the case will point to the data regarding “recipients” and “author” in a Read More

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What Does Delaware’s Wal-Mart Decision Mean for Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations?

The Delaware Supreme Court recently came to a decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW to uphold the order given by the Delaware Court of Chancery to require Wal-Mart to give the plaintiff (a shareholder) documents relating to the company’s internal investigation of allegations made by the plaintiff, including Read More

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