Strategies To Maintain Privilege In Crisis Response Scenarios
Law360 (December 11, 2019, 5:14 PM EST) -- In February 2016, Signet Jewelers Ltd. formed a "strategic communications steering committee" consisting of public relations firms, outside counsel and in-house counsel to "discuss a communications strategy to neutralize the climate of negative and often inaccurate media coverage in light of the legal and reputational risks facing the company."
Press had reported that Signet had misstated the health of its in-house lending program and permitted widespread sexual harassment. In a subsequent lawsuit alleging that Signet committed securities fraud, Signet sought to withhold communications among the committee members, including communications among "counsel, and the counsel-retained PR firms."
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