New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Common Interest Privilege

July 23, 2014
Diana A. Silva
MGKF Litigation Blog

In general, when a party shares communications or information protected by the attorney-client or work product privilege with a third party, the privilege is waived. However, in many jurisdictions, if this sharing occurs when there is anticipated or actual litigation, a “common interest” exception allows parties to disclose privileged information amongst themselves while still preserving the privilege against disclosure to their adversaries. On Monday, the New Jersey Supreme Court in O’Boyle v. Boro. of Longport, No. A-16-12, 2014 WL 355874 (N.J., July 21, 2014), expressly adopted this “common interest” rule (also often referred to as the “joint defense privilege”) so that parties to litigation in New Jersey can share privileged communications and information without the risk of destroying the underlying privilege. Read the full blog post.