Case Study: Fireman's Fund Insurance V. Front Gate Plaza

Law360, New York (September 19, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT) -- Law firms assemble teams of lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants to represent their clients. Effective representation requires that communications among the team members about their client’s confidences as well as the team’s legal opinions be kept confidential. Most lawyers assume that the attorney-client and work-product privileges protect from disclosure such communications and opinions, even if they are unwritten and never communicated to the client.

However, until recently, no California court had explicitly ruled on the matter. That changed with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company v. Sup. Ct....
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