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502(d) Order Provides Right to Claw Back “No Matter What the Circumstances” that Resulted in Production

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Brookfield Asset Mgmt., Inc. v. AIG Fin. Prods. Corp., No. 09 Civ. 8285(PGG)(FM), 2013 WL 142503 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 7, 2013)

Upon receipt of “dueling letters” concerning the inadvertent production of privileged information (which had been redacted but could be viewed in the metadata), the court noted that such an event emphasized “the need for counsel for a producing party to keep a watchful eye over their e-discovery vendors,” but found that privilege was not waived because a Rule 502(d) order had been entered.  Indeed, the court identified the “one decretal paragraph” that stated that “Defendants’ production of any documents in this proceeding shall not, for the purposes of this proceeding or any other proceeding in any other court, constitute a waiver by Defendants of any privilege applicable to those documents, including the attorney-client privilege ….“ and concluded that, “[a]ccordingly, [Defendant] ha[d] the right to claw back the minutes, no matter what the circumstances giving rise to their production were.”  (Emphasis added.)