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Clark Hill Must Give Forensics to Client After Cyberattack

Jan. 13, 2021, 3:08 PM

Law firm Clark Hill PLC must comply with a former client’s discovery request for the forensic reports generated after its computer system was the target of a cyberattack, a federal court said.

Clark Hill said the reports sought by Chinese businessman Guo Wengui were protected by the work-product and attorney-client privileges because its law firm, Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, had them created by a third-party contractor to help prepare for litigation stemming from the attack.

The work-product privilege is inapplicable because Clark Hill would have had the same or a substantially similar report created during its internal investigation of...

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