Thursday, January 19, 2012: What is the best answer to this ethics trivia question?
What is the most ethical (and safest) action to take if you receive a privileged document from opposing counsel that is not intended for you? A. Keep it and do not tell anyone you got it.
B. Read it, make a copy for yourself, and then send it back to opposing counsel.
C. Stop reading as soon as you realize it is privileged and contact opposing counsel for instructions on what to do.
D. Don't worry about this; your firm can handle the issue in court. What do you think? Leave your comment below. I'll be back later with the answer and to add my comments.
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