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Titles (2)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2009

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide appropriate protection to attorney-client privileged communications and attorney work product.

Actions Overview (1)

12/16/2009 Introduced in House

All Actions (3)

04/26/2010 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
12/16/2009 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
12/16/2009 Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (6)

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary12/16/2009 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security04/26/2010 Referred to

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Subjects (9)

  • Civil actions and liability
  • Criminal investigation, prosecution, interrogation
  • Employee benefits and pensions
  • Evidence and witnesses
  • Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
  • Government studies and investigations
  • Lawyers and legal services
  • Legal fees and court costs

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Introduced in House (12/16/2009)

Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2009 - Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit any U.S. agent or attorney, in any federal investigation or criminal or civil enforcement matter, from demanding, requesting, or conditioning treatment ("giving cooperation credit") on the disclosure by an organization (or affiliated person) of any communication protected by the attorney-client privilege or any attorney work product.

Prohibits a U.S. agent or attorney from conditioning a civil or criminal charging decision relating to an organization (or affiliated person) on one or more specified actions, or from using one or more such actions as a factor in determining whether an organization or affiliated person is cooperating with the government.

Numbers among the actions a U.S. agent or attorney may not use as a charging decision condition or a cooperation-determining factor: (1) any valid assertion of the attorney-client privilege or privilege for attorney work product; (2) the provision of counsel to, or contribution to the legal defense fees or expenses of, an employee of the organization; (3) entry into a joint-defense, information-sharing, or common-interest agreement with an employee of the organization if the organization determines it has a common interest in defending against the investigation or enforcement matter; (4) the sharing of relevant information with an employee; or (5) a failure to terminate an employee's employment, or otherwise sanction an employee, because of the employee's decision to exercise his or her constitutional rights or other legal protections in response to a government request.

Prohibits a U.S. agent or attorney from demanding or requesting that an organization or an affiliated person not take any such action.