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Ben Zarnett and Julie Rosenthal represent successful intervener in important Supreme Court of Canada case regarding solicitor-client privilege

July-17-2008

Lawyer Julie Rosenthal
Area Litigation

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The case of Privacy Commissioner of Canada v. Blood Tribe Department of Health deals with important issues about the protection of solicitor-client privilege in the context of a regulatory investigation.  The Advocates’ Society, an organization with a strong interest in defending solicitor-client privilege, intervened in the case at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Goodmans acted for The Advocates’ Society in successfully obtaining leave to intervene and in making written and oral argument on the appeal at the Supreme Court.  On July 17, 2008, the Supreme Court issued its decision, reaffirming the fundamental importance of solicitor-client privilege and agreeing with points put forward on behalf of The Advocates’ Society and others, that the privilege over confidential communications between a lawyer and his or her client could not be abrogated by the federal Privacy Commissioner when investigating a complaint under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”).

Goodmans’ litigators, Ben Zarnett and Julie Rosenthal, acted for The Advocates’ Society in successfully obtaining leave to intervene and in making written and oral argument on the appeal at the Supreme Court.