Enviro Regs Don't Trump Atty Privilege, Calif. Court Says

Law360, Los Angeles (July 9, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT) -- A California appellate court Monday affirmed a trial court's decision to bar a citizens group opposed to Ceres, Calif.'s proposed shopping center anchored by a Wal-Mart store from seeing hundreds of thousands of documents from the city administrative record, ruling state environmental laws don't supersede the attorney-client privilege.

In a unanimous, partially published 56-page opinion, a three-judge state appellate panel based in Fresno rejected the argument by Citizens for Ceres that the California Environmental Quality Act's administrative record provisions cancel the attorney-client privilege and attorney work-product...
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