Gucci Lawyer's E-Mails Protected In Guess IP Spat

Law360, New York (January 3, 2011, 8:15 PM EST) -- In a trademark dispute against Guess Inc., a federal judge ruled Monday that attorney-client privilege protects e-mails from the former general counsel for plaintiff Gucci America Inc. even though the lawyer was not an active member of the California bar when he provided a host of legal services for the fashion house.

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin rejected a magistrate judge's previous finding in June, ruling instead that communications between Gucci and its former general counsel Jonathan Moss were protected.

"While an attorney has an obligation to...
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