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Subpoenas On Firms Stand In Flat-Panel MDL: 9th Circ.

Law360 (December 7, 2010, 6:08 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice can subpoena nonprivileged documents that law firms obtained through civil discovery in antitrust litigation over flat-panel displays, even though the materials originated outside of the country.

In a brief, unanimous opinion, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision quashing subpoenas issued to White & Case LLP, Lieff Cabraser Heimann Bernstein LLP, K&L Gates LLP and Nossaman LLP.

The firms were subpoenaed in connection...
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