Chamber Tells 2nd Circ. Law Firm Should Keep Docs Private

Law360, New York (April 24, 2017, 4:40 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in a documents dispute Friday, telling the Second Circuit that requiring the law firm to hand over Royal Dutch Shell material for a planned environmental and human rights lawsuit abroad will "chill" attorney-client communication.

The Chamber said requiring counsel to disclose documents that their clients could not be compelled to produce represents "a sharp break from bedrock principles of law" and one that poses real risks to candid back-and-forth between attorneys and their clients.

The business organization made its argument in an amicus brief supporting the law firm's appeal of...

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