TITLE

Understanding Akzo Nobel: A Comparison of the Status of In-House Counsel, the Scope of the Attorney-Client Privilege, and Discovery in the U.S. and Europe

AUTHOR(S)
Nathan Crystal; Francesca Giannoni-Crystal
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Global Jurist;Mar2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p1378
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
On September 14, 2010, in Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd. v. EU, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) unanimously decided that communications between in-house counsel and company executives are not subject to the attorney client-privilege, which is called the professional privilege in Europe. Many companies and professionals had hoped that the ECJ would hold that in-house counsel was entitled to assert the professional privilege. In this article, we argue that the decision should not have been either surprising or of great concern to companies based in or doing business in Europe.
ACCESSION #
67210911

 

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