High Court Limits Disclosure Order Appeals In Mohawk

By Erin Marie Daly (December 8, 2009, 7:33 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a ruling in an employee's battle with Mohawk Industries Inc. that curbs parties' ability to immediately appeal discovery orders that require the disclosure of documents covered by the attorney-client privilege, resolving a circuit split on the issue.

Tuesday's decision that disclosure orders adverse to the attorney-client privilege do not qualify for immediate appeal under the collateral order doctrine came in the case of Norman Carpenter, who claims Mohawk fired him for reporting to the company's human resources department that several workers from a temporary agency were illegal immigrants.

In 2007, the U.S. District Court...

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