FILING UPDATE: Attorney-Client Privilege Rule Supported by ACC Finalized By USPTO

On November 6, 2017, the US Patent and Trade Office issued a finalized rule that extends attorney-client privilege to both domestic and foreign patent agents with regard to proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The rule more … Continue reading

ACC Files Letter Supporting Review of Litigation Privilege Issue in the Supreme Court of Canada

ACC and its Canadian chapters sent a letter in support of Suncor Energy Inc.’s leave for appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to review the Alberta Court of Appeal’s ruling in Alberta v Suncor Energy Inc. The Alberta Court … Continue reading

ACC Amicus Brief Contends NLRB Decision at Odds with Federal Law on Racist Picket Line Behavior

In an amicus brief in Cooper Tire & Rubber Company v. National Labor Relations Board, ACC argues the NLRB and the 8th Circuit should not put in-house counsel and their employers in the uncomfortable position of protecting employees who participate … Continue reading

ACC Advocates for Stronger Legal Professional Privilege in European Whistleblower Scenarios

In late May, ACC offered comments in response to the European Commission’s public consultation on whistleblower protection. ACC encouraged the Commission to consider the important roles corporate compliance systems and in-house counsel play in creating environments that encourage employees to … Continue reading

ACC Files Amicus Supporting Privilege When GC Functions as Both Lawyer and Negotiator

ACC joined the US Chamber of Commerce in an amicus brief filed June 2, arguing against a “new and aggressive theory of attorney-client privilege” advanced by the FTC that would undermine the ability of in-house attorneys to freely communicate legal … Continue reading

ACC Files Amicus with U.S. Supreme Court to Oppose Dilution of State Ethics Rule Applied to Federal Prosecutors

ACC urges the U.S. Supreme Court to grant the petition to review a Tenth Circuit ruling that a New Mexico professional conduct rule does not apply to federal prosecutors who want to subpoena lawyers to testify about clients before grand … Continue reading