US House passes bill to protect corporate attorney-client privilege Mike Rosen-Molina at 12:09 PM ET
[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed legislation by voice vote Tuesday that would ban federal prosecutors from threatening to prosecute corporations for refusing to turn over information protected by attorney-client privilege [ABA backgrounder]. The Attorney-Client Privilege Act of 2007 [HR 3013 materials] would bar prosecutors from demanding that a corporation waive its attorney-client privilege and from considering a corporation's cooperation with that demand in deciding whether to prosecute. Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) [official website] said the bill was necessary to stop over-zealous US attorneys from intimidating corporations from protecting their rights. AP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.