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In-house Lawyers Face EU Setback

The European Court of Justice's advocate general issued an opinion Thursday in Akzo Novel v. Commission, the closely watched case in which Akzo Nobel challenged the longstanding European principle that attorney-client privilege applies only to outside lawyers, not in-house counsel.

In 2007, the European Court of First Instance upheld the old standard, and Advocate General Julianne Kokott's April 29 opinion fell in line with that reasoning.

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