EU Court Nixes Akzo Nobel's Assertion Of Privilege

Law360, New York (September 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Court of First Instance has thrown out a complaint brought by Akzo Nobel Chemicals, asserting that two sets of documents taken during an antitrust investigation ought to be protected by attorney/client privilege.

In its Monday ruling, the Court of First Instance rejected the arguments of several attorney groups who had joined together for Akzo Nobel's cause, asserting that in-house attorney documents with their companies are not privileged and therefore cannot be kept from the European Commission.

Akzo Nobel, which is a chemical, healthcare and...
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