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MCKESSON HBOC, INC. v. THE SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY (STATE OF OREGON), A103055

Under California law, when plaintiff shared various privileged documents with the government, it waived the attorney-client privilege and the protection afforded attorney work product. The disclosure of the documents was not reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose for which the law firm was consulted, which was to investigate the alleged fraud and determine who was responsible.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/20/2004
  • Published 02/20/2004

Judges

  • KAY, P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, James E. Lyons, Timothy A. Miller, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Robert J. Stumpf, Jr., San Francisco, for petitioner, McKesson HBOC, Inc., James Arthur Howell, Giovanni Prezioso, Meyer Eisenberg, Melinda Hardy, Edward C. Schweitzer, Jr., for amicus curiae (United States Securities and Exchange Commission) on behalf of petitioner., Latham & Watkins, James Joseph Farrell, Robert K. Lu, Houman B. Shadab, Los Angeles, Laurie B. Smilan, Reston, VA, David M. Brodsky, New York, NY, Matthew D. Harrison, San Francisco, George R. Kramer, for amicus curiae (Securities Industry Association) on behalf of petitioner., Cooper & Kirkham, Josef D. Cooper, Tracy R. Kirkham, John J. Bogdanor, San Francisco, Stoll, Stoll, Berne, Lokting & Shlachter, Scott A. Shorr, Portland, OR, for real party in interest the State of Oregon., Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, Richard M. Heimann, Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Joy A. Kruse, San Francisco, Steven E. Fineman, New York, NY, for real party in interest Merrill Lynch Fundamental Growth., Berman, DeValerio, Pease, Tabacco, Burt & Pucillo, Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr., Nicole Lavallee, San Francisco, Karen Rosenthal, for real party in interest Utah State Retirement Board.,  Heins, Mills & Olson, Bryan L. Crawford, Minneapolis, MN, Howard, Phillips & Andersen, Gregory D. Phillips, for real party in interest Minnesota State Board of Investment.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent.
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