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Sanctifying Secrecy: The Mythology of the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege


Elizabeth G. Thornburg


Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law


Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 69, p. 158, 1993-1994

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This article surveys the traditional justifications for giving corporations the benefit of attorney-client privilege. It rejects both moral and utilitarian explanations and argues that, far from being beneficial or benign, the privilege actually does great harm to the truth-seeking function of litigation and imposes tremendous transaction costs on the litigants and on the judicial system as a whole.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 66

Keywords: privilege, attorney-client privilege, discovery, corporations, litigation ethics

JEL Classification: K41

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Date posted: August 11, 2007  

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Thornburg, Elizabeth G., Sanctifying Secrecy: The Mythology of the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege. Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 69, p. 158, 1993-1994. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1006313

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Elizabeth G. Thornburg (Contact Author)
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 0116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States
214-768-2613 (Phone)
214-768-3142 (Fax)
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