attorney-client privilege

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: privilege - the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge confidential information from his clientattorney-client privilege - the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge confidential information from his client
privilege - (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship
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Aubrey Davis III, Big Brother the Sneak or Big Brother the Sentry--Does a New Bureau of Prisons Regulation Truly Abrogate the Attorney Client Privilege?, 27 Hamline L.
An asset sale transfers only ownership over property, not control of the establishing corporation itself, and therefore does not transfer the attorney client privilege The attorney-client privilege is an incident of corporate control.
The court initially rejected the concept that a law firm could claim privilege for internal discussions with lawyers functioning as the equivalent of in-house counsel, but then reversed itself on reconsideration, finding that "it is possible in some instances for a law firm, like other business or professional associations, to receive the benefit of the attorney client privilege with seeking legal advice from in house counsel." (5) The court, however, tempered its recognition of internal privilege by applying the fiduciary exception when the internal advice created a conflict between the law firm's own interests and that of a current client.
"This is a very critical issue facing lawyers: to look at the erosion of the attorney client privilege as a result of certain legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley and others," said Tampa's Gwynne Young, chair of the Program Evaluation Committee, which brought the request to create the task force to the board.