Schlumberger IP Fight Highlights GC Privilege Obstacle
Law360, Houston (August 5, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT) -- A Texas judge recently said in a trade secrets suit brought by Schlumberger Ltd. that an executive of Acacia Research Group cannot assert attorney-client privilege to shield conversations she had with the company about litigation targets merely because she is a lawyer, a ruling that highlights the importance of maintaining boundaries between business communications and sensitive legal advice, experts say.
Harris County District Judge R.K. Sandill overruled several privilege claims raised by Acacia Senior Vice President Charlotte Rutherford, a former Schlumberger general counsel for intellectual property, during trade secrets litigation Schlumberger is pursuing, saying that Rutherford's communications with her employer were...
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