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Move to cut breadth of privilege stopped by top court in two cases

Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Counsel for the organized bar say they are pleased with separate Supreme Court judgments that robustly protect litigation briefs, and privileged lawyer-client communications, from compelled production to regulators and other state officials.

In companion judgments Nov. 25 that elaborate on solicitor-client privilege, and the scope of its less absolute sibling, litigation privilege, the top court dismissed the separate appeals of Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, and Quebec’s regulator of insurance adjusters, who unsuccessfully argued that their respective enabling statutes empower them to access such privileged information...