Mass. High Court Says In-House Communications Protected

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT) -- Communications between lawyers and their in-house counsel about a legal malpractice claim can be protected by attorney-client privilege as long as certain conditions are met, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Thursday, affirming a lower court's ruling on a defense motion.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled such communications can be shielded as long as the firm designated an in-house counsel who had not worked on the client's matter, the communications were confidential and the time was not billed to the client.

The case stems from a commercial...
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