Privilege May Extend To A New Member Of The Litigation Team

Law360, New York (March 16, 2017, 9:57 PM EDT) -- A California appellate court opened the door this week to extending attorney-client privilege to an unlikely source, experts say — a litigant's public relations team.

In the first decision of its kind in the state, the Los Angeles appeals court endorsed the possibility that a public relation firm hired to influence press coverage of litigants or advise on strategy can be protected like others between a client, the lawyer and a third-party expert or litigation consultant.

Ruling against Nicholas Behunin in a defamation case brought by Charles Schwab and his son, the court said the hiring of a press consultant to...

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