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In Public Records Case, State Supreme Court Holds Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Records Request Doesn’t Waive Privilege

by on March 28, 2016

posted in Public Records Act, Recent Court Decisions,

As this Blog previously noted, the State Supreme Court had before it two cases in which inadvertent disclosures of attorney-client privileged records were made in response to requests under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”).  In both cases, the question was whether the mistaken releases waived the privileges.   (Our previous updates about these cases are linked here and here.) On March 17, the Court resolved a split in the appellate courts by ruling that mistaken disclosures do not waive the attorney-client privilege (or the related attorney “work-product” protection).  In ... Continue Reading

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tags: Attorney-Client Privilege, Mistaken Release, Public Records, Work Product Protection,

Summary of Important New Laws Affecting Local Agencies in 2016

by on January 28, 2016

posted in CEQA, Damages, Elections, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Ethics, Legislative Updates, Medical Marijuana, Proposition 215, Public Records Act, Water, Zoning,

The following laws are effective January 1, 2016, unless otherwise provided.  These legislative changes were selected as those of importance and/or interest to public agencies.  ... Continue Reading

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New Public Records Case Holds that Mistaken Release of Privileged Documents Does Not Waive Privilege

by on August 10, 2015

posted in Public Records Act, Recent Court Decisions,

When an agency mistakenly releases privileged documents in response to a Public Records Act (“PRA”) request, it does not waive the privilege it possesses in those documents.  So ruled the San Francisco-Based First District Court of Appeal on July 31, 2015 in Newark Unified School District v. Superior Court.  The court’s ruling contradicts the December 2014 holding of the Los-Angeles Based Second District Court of Appeal in Ardon v. City of Los Angeles.  That court held that once privileged documents are released, agencies effectively waive any privilege attached to them, and cannot demand ... Continue Reading

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tags: Ardon v. Los Angeles, Attorney-Client Privilege, California Supreme Court, Mistaken Disclosure, Newark Unified School District, Public Records Act,

Court Holds Outside-Counsel Billing Invoices Need not be Disclosed under Public Records Act

by on April 27, 2015

posted in Public Records Act,

In a ruling that probably surprised many people, the Los Angeles-based Second District Court of Appeal held this month that attorney billing records need not be produced under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”).   The appellate court overturned a lower court ruling that found outside counsels’ litigation-billing invoices were public records that must be disclosed. In County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, a lawsuit that originated with a public-records request made by the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”), the court found itself caught between competing ... Continue Reading

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Attorney-Client Privilege is Waived by Mistaken Disclosure of Privileged Documents in Response to Public Records Request

by on December 15, 2014

posted in Public Records Act, Recent Court Decisions,

Be careful not to disclose privileged documents in response to a Public Records Act (“PRA”) request.  According to a recent court decision, such disclosures waive any applicable privilege—even if the disclosure is mistaken.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: Disclosure, PRA, Privilege, Public Records Act,

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