Atty-Client Privilege Violated In Costco Suit: Calif. Court

Law360, New York (November 30, 2009, 6:29 PM EST) -- The Supreme Court of California court ruled Monday that a trial court violated attorney-client privilege when it ordered Costco Wholesale Corp. to disclose a redacted letter from a lawyer in a suit brought against the big-box retailer by a class of employees.

Reversing a state appeals court ruling, the court found that the trial court's order directing a referee to conduct an in-camera review of an opinion letter sent to Costco by outside counsel, and its subsequent order that Costco disclose the portions of the letter...
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