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Pa. Atty In Contempt Over Privilege For Divorce Records

Law360, Philadelphia (December 6, 2017, 9:16 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania state judge on Wednesday found a Philadelphia attorney in contempt after he advised a client suing a Wilkes-Barre hospital over her husband’s death to not answer questions about divorce proceedings that he argued were protected by attorney-client privilege.

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Tina Polachek Gartley told attorney Michael Brophy from the bench that attorney-client privilege in Pennsylvania did not apply in loss of consortium claims and therefore is not absolute, according to Brophy.

“There is no question that sanctions will be...
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