Ex-Dechert Clients Mostly Lose Privilege Bid In Bribery Fight

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (November 8, 2021, 6:09 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered Dechert LLP to turn over documents sought in foreign proceedings over an alleged Iraqi bribery scheme, ruling that two of the law firm's former clients haven't shown the documents are privileged.

U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick said in a ruling Friday that while Gergi B. Youssef and Mansour Farid Succar attempted to assert English Legal Advice Privilege to shield documents connected to their purchase of homes in the United Kingdom that were allegedly used as bribes, they "offer nothing more than the opinion of their American attorney and select citations to opinions from the...

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