In re Royce Homes, LP, No. 09-32467-H4-7, 2011 WL 873428 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. Mar. 11, 2011)

Key Insight: Court rejected employee of debtor?s assertions of privilege where employee failed to properly assert such privilege in his privilege log; assuming arguendo that emails were privileged, court found that employee had waived privilege in several ways: 1) employee had no reasonable expectation of privacy in communications sent or received on employer?s computer system and thus had no privilege in communications with his attorney; 2) employee provided unqualified access to emails by third parties, one of whom he asked to review his emails to identify which were privileged despite her lack of legal education; and 3) employee allowed trustee to have unqualified access to the emails by failing to object to their production to the trustee when informed that the emails would be produced

Nature of Case: Bankruptcy

Electronic Data Involved: Emails between employee and attorney sent on company computer system

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