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Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents is Not a Waiver of the Public Records Act Exemptions

A state or local agency does not waive attorney-client or work product privileges when it inadvertently discloses documents exempt under the Public Records Act (PRA).  The California Supreme Court has recently affirmed that the City of Los Angeles did not waive the Public Records Act exemption for privileged documents it accidentally released in response to a PRA request filed by an attorney suing the City. Consequently, the Court held the City could seek the return of the privileged documents. [Read full article]

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