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ACC Files Amicus Curiae Brief with Indiana Supreme Court in Case on Privilege and Independent Investigations

Posted: Apr 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2014) – The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global bar association representing more than 33,000 in-house counsel filed an amicus curiae brief with the Indiana Supreme Court in Purdue University vs. Michael A. Wartell (Cause No. 79A02-1304-PL-342) to support a petition for transfer from the Indiana Court of Appeals and reversal of the Court of Appeals' opinion regarding privilege and independent investigations.

In its brief, ACC states that the Court of Appeals introduced a new doctrine with "unpredictable scope into the attorney-client privilege and work product protection arena." ACC further argues that the appellate court "ignores the fact that clients, rather than lawyers, own attorney-client privilege."

In-house lawyers and companies they work for depend on the attorney-client and work-product privileges to conduct corporate investigations and other critical legal work. Since its inception, ACC has pushed courts and agencies to ensure that robust privilege applies to a client's confidential communications with in-house lawyers. To read the ACC amicus curiae brief, visit www.acc.com/advocacy/PurdueUniversityvWartell.


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