We have talked about attorney-client privilege, internal investigations and the GM ignition recall: Privilege, Corporate Silence and Saul Goodman, How To Avoid Being GM’ed: The Wrongs and Rights of Clients and Lawyers and It’s Okay To Smell A Rat: Internal Investigations, Attorney-Client Privilege and the KBR Decision. There was even a quote in Forbes.com: Of Snitches and Privileges. And if you can’t get enough, now a short (16 minute) presentation to the Network of Trial Law Firms meeting in October: How To Avoid Being GM’d from LFW on Vimeo.
We are past Labor Day, and just as well. Marked by the GM internal-investigation report’s criticism of some of the company’s internal lawyers, the summer was not kind to internal lawyers generally and to the attorney-client privilege particularly. Consider, for example, the FCPA Blog‘s note on how life is tough for internal counsel. Even more notably, there is apparently a federal criminal investigation of GM that includes the conduct of the lawyers: Prosecutors could try to charge current and former GM lawyers and others with mail and wire fraud, the same charges Toyota faced, said a former official who worked on the Toyota case. But, they would need to have…