The Paris Court of Appeal grants legal privilege protection to in-house emails referring to the company’s defence strategy prepared by outside legal counsel (Whirlpool)

In its ruling issued on 8 November 2017 [1], the Paris Court of Appeal (hereafter “the Court”) considers that in-house emails referring to a company’s defence strategy prepared by outside legal counsels but neither sent by or to an outside legal counsel were covered by lawyer-client privilege and quashes their seizure by the French Competition Authority (hereafter “the FCA”) during dawn raids. The dawn raids at stake - carried out at the claimant company (Whirlpool)’s premises in 2014 - were a follow-up to a first round of dawn raids conducted at the claimant’s competitors’ premises

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Camille François, The Paris Court of Appeal grants legal privilege protection to in-house emails referring to the company’s defence strategy prepared by outside legal counsel (Whirlpool), 8 November 2017, e-Competitions November 2017, Art. N° 85858

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