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A lesson learned by young lawyers everywhere is that internal, corporate investigations can be, and frequently are, privileged. However, it is difficult to square that concept with the recent spate of federal court opinions that have concluded that cybersecurity forensic reports generally are not privileged. These rulings, which have been well documented elsewhere, have come perilously close to holding that cybersecurity forensic reports can never be privileged. What is unclear is why courts have decided to blaze new privilege ground when application of existing, internal investigation rules of privilege were — and are — available to resolve the question before them. And unfortunately, the abandonment of established privilege doctrines have had a counterproductive impact.
By Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan S. Sack
This article discusses whether disclosures made when a subject of a government investigation borrows money or sells all or part of its business are protected from discovery on the basis of the attorney-client privilege and pursuant to the common interest doctrine.
By Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert
The Van Buren decision fits into a pattern of the court’s modern criminal law jurisprudence that appears motivated by concerns about the ever-expanding reach and severity of federal criminal law.
By Emil Sayegh
With each successive large-scale cyber attack, it is slowly becoming clear that ransomware attacks now target the critical infrastructure of the most powerful country on the planet.
By Jorge deNeve, Michael Simeone and David Cohen
Answering that question will force defendants facing SEC enforcement actions to focus on demonstrating the legitimacy of expenses in developing their litigation strategies.