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Town Loses Attorney-Client Privilege Claim on Legal Bills

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How far does attorney-client privilege extend? Not, a superior court judge in North Carolina has ruled, to the legal bills submitted by the counsel for the town of Kitty Hawk. The Outer Banks Sentinel asked for the records a year ago and sued when the town said refused. The town council then voted to waive the attorney-client privilege it had claimed and provided heavily redacted documents. The newspaper went back to court and won full disclosure. (6/10/05)