Legal Privilege Rule: ECJ Affirms Akzo Nobel No Privilege for Communications with In-House Counsel in EU Investigations

September 20, 2010
The European Court of Justice’s recent decision in the Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd. v. Commission settles the question of what legal communications will be covered by legal privilege in an EU antitrust investigation. This update examines the ruling, which reaffirms the court’s longstanding position that communications between a company and its in-house counsel will not be covered by legal privilege.