• European Court Of Justice Rejects Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel
  • September 20, 2010 | Authors: Wilson Barmeyer; Felicia Harris Kyle; Steuart H. Thomsen
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  • In a much anticipated decision, issued on September 14, 2010, the European Court of Justice reconfirmed that communications with in-house counsel are not privileged under European Union law (E.U.) Case C-550/07, Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd. & Akros Chemicals Ltd. v. European Commission. The decision firmly establishes the European rule that the attorney-client privilege does not attach to communications with an attorney who holds a position of employment with a client.