Akin Gump's Wal-Mart Bias Memo Is Protected, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (March 26, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT) -- A California magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. doesn't have to surrender a potentially damaging Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP memo detailing sex-based pay disparities at the company, finding it remains protected by attorney-client privilege although the memo was leaked to the press.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley said Wal-Mart took reasonable steps to protect the memo, which became the subject of a 2010 New York Times article and was also mailed anonymously to an attorney for Betty Dukes, the lead...
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