I came across this discovery order on qui tam whistleblower privilege and I thought I would share it, as it seems to cover a number of topics discussed recently on this blog. The case is captioned United States ex rel. Yoash Gohil v. Sanofi U.S. Services, Inc., et al. and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
More specifically, the opinion concerns relator/plaintiff’s Motion to Compel (documents and other information which he alleges were not covered by the attorney-client privilege) and the defendants’ cross motion to Compel discovery from relator (of documents allegedly recieved by this relator from a relator in another case). Also interesting to note that the motion and cross motion together constitute about 80 pages, while the Judge’s order consists of only four pages.
Talk about pithy legal writing…
Happy reading folks, this is important stuff — issues pertaining to the attorney-client privilege and the rights of whistleblowers are sure to figure prominently in the near term.