Archive: February 16, 2006

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Court Declines In Camera Review and Orders Defendants to Revise Privilege Log Entries so that Court and Plaintiff Could “Test the Merits” within the Four Corners of the Privilege Log Itself
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FTC Streamlines Merger Review Process for Hart-Scott-Rodino Filings

Court Declines In Camera Review and Orders Defendants to Revise Privilege Log Entries so that Court and Plaintiff Could “Test the Merits” within the Four Corners of the Privilege Log Itself

United Investors Life Ins. Co. v. Nationwide Life Ins. Co., 233 F.R.D. 483 (N.D. Miss. 2006)

In this decision, the court discussed the plaintiff’s motion for in camera review of documents inadvertently produced by the defendants, the general requirements of privilege logs, the elements of various privileges and protections, and the factors to be considered in determining whether inadvertent production of privileged material effects a waiver. Read More

FTC Streamlines Merger Review Process for Hart-Scott-Rodino Filings

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an announcement today detailing reforms to the merger review process designed to reduce burdens associated with second requests for documents and data. Such burdens have increased substantially since the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR Act”) became operational in 1978 due to an increased reliance by agencies upon direct market analyses and advances in technology resulting in higher production volume. Parties and agencies often spend millions of dollars, and associated investigations can take six to nine months. Last fiscal year alone, the FTC received nine productions exceeding one million pages. New guidelines and procedures will take effect for all HSR Act filings submitted on or after February 17, 2006. Read More

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