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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    Gary, 19 Jan 2011 @ 7:14pm

    I used to work with/for a cheap bastard who would send out his job-hunting resumes via company email, to save the cost of a stamp. Unfortunately the rule was that any mail put into the outbox had to be unsealed---and the department head would regularly throw out his resumes with great glee, after showing them around.

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