New CCH Treatise Details Privileged Communications Under Delaware Law

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., April 19, 2000) – To show just what it takes to successfully invoke or attack lawyer-client privilege in the courts that deal most frequently with business litigation, CCH INCORPORATED (CCH) has published Privileged Communications and the Delaware Corporation: Corporate and Commercial Privilege Litigation in the Delaware Courts, a detailed guide to what is and isn’t protected in proceedings under Delaware law. (186 pages, $95. To order, call 800-248-3248 or visit

The outside director in Wyoming, the process engineer in Alabama, the marketing executive in Michigan and the securities attorney in California – the discoverability of all of their communications is often determined by the law of the state of Delaware. As home to most major corporations, Delaware is the arena in which questions of attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine have been raised again and again in corporate and commercial litigation.

In Delaware, questions of privilege often dovetail with questions of corporate governance. In addition, Delaware is often the forum for resolving disputes in areas such as intellectual property, bankruptcy and insurance coverage, and questions of privilege have arisen in connection with such cases. This treatise deals in detail with all the ramifications of privilege as it affects these areas.

Author John E. James provides in-depth analysis of the wealth of Delaware case law to provide guidance for those advising Delaware corporations and those attacking their claims of attorney-client and work-product privilege. He analyzes virtually every decision, reported and unreported, in Delaware courts in the last generation that bears on these crucial issues.

Privileged Communications and the Delaware Corporation shows how to maintain confidentiality of investigative documents and how to determine what is fair game during discovery. Special attention is paid to those actions that may lead to inadvertent or selective waiver of privilege.

About the Author

John E. James has more than two decades of experience as a member of the Delaware bar. His practice encompasses a number of areas, including insurance coverage, corporate governance and commercial litigation. He is active in several sections and committees of the American Bar Association and presently serves as Co-Chair of the Claims-Made Coverage subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation subcommittee of the Litigation Section. Mr. James is also a member of several sections of the Delaware State Bar Association, including the litigation and corporate law sections.

Pricing and Availability

For more information or to order the 186-page, softcover Privileged Communications and the Delaware Corporation, call 800-248-3248 or visit the CCH Business and Finance Group web site at Single copies are $95. Quantity discounts and school adoption pricing available.


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