Pensacola Firefighters? Relief Pension Fund Board of Trustees v. Merril Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc., No. 3:09cv53/MCR/MD, 2011 WL 3512180 (N.D. Fla. July 7, 2011)

Key Insight: Finding good cause, the court granted intervenors? motion for a protective order prohibiting plaintiff?s discovery of intervenors? privileged emails sent over defendant?s email servers (defendant was found to have waived its privilege as to such communications) where the intervenors were employees of defendant during the pendency of government investigations; had a joint defense agreement with defendant allowing communication for purposes of furthering their defense against the investigations; and held an objectively reasonable belief that their emails would remain confidential, in spite of defendant?s internal email policies warning that they were not, in light of defendant?s general counsel?s endorsement of and participation in such joint defense discussions

Electronic Data Involved: Intervenors’ privileged emails sent over defendant’s servers

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