Attorney-Client Privilege Goes Away If You Email Your Lawyer From Your Work Email

from the not-a-huge-surprise dept

It probably goes without saying that if you're planning to sue your employer, you shouldn't use your work email address to contact your lawyer. However, if you did do that, according to a California court, that email is not protected by attorney-client privilege. I don't find this to be all that surprising (or really, problematic). It's quite common that employers control the rights to your work emails, so it's hard to see why that wouldn't extend to emails you send your lawyer. All it really makes me wonder is why someone would use their work email for sending those types of emails.

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jan 2011 @ 7:19am

    "All it really makes me wonder is why someone would use their work email for sending those types of emails."

    The people who were clueless ten years ago are still clueless today. They don't understand how email works or why they shouldn't do personal business using it.

    Companies are not always as transparent in their monitoring practices as they could be. These people have no idea that their network activity is being monitored until it bites them in the butt. And when it does, they still don't know what's really happening.

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