Wells Fargo Media Dept. Emails Not Privileged, Judge Says

Law360, Washington (November 14, 2012, 7:14 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge ordered Wells Fargo Bank NA on Friday to hand over portions of an internal email chain on how it responded to media inquiries about a federal Home Affordable Modification Program suit, saying attorney-client privilege doesn't shield media relations communications.

At issue is a series of emails the Wells Fargo media relations department sent seeking legal advice on how to respond to reporter questions about a lawsuit claiming the bank improperly refused to modify home loans for certain participants in the federal program....
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