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U.S. House Adopts Attorney-Client Protection Act

Law360 (November 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to approve a bill that would bar federal prosecutors from asking companies under investigation for antitrust violations or fraud to waive their attorney-client privilege. A similar bill awaits a vote in the Senate.

Advocates of the bill have said that prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice pressure corporations to waive their attorney-client privilege by threatening that refusal to waive the privilege could hurt them.

If the bill is passed, prosecutors could not ask corporations to waive the...
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