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Internal Investigation’s Privilege Upheld by New York Federal Court

The privilege boundaries of an internal investigation cause restless nights for any lawyer tasked with keeping an internal investigation privileged. On Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Magistrate Judge Locke) largely upheld the privilege of an internal investigation performed by Company A concerning conduct by Company B that potentially raised...

Federal Jurisdiction Lacking for Case Alleging Exposure to Hazards from Pipeline Spill

A Utah federal court rejected an oil and gas company’s bid to keep a lawsuit alleging that a crude oil pipeline spill caused a plaintiff’s acute myeloid leukemia in federal court last week. The company argued that the federal court had federal question jurisdiction over the suit, which alleged negligence, strict liability for abnormally dangerous or ultra-hazardous...