Attorney-Client Privilege ‘Bombshell’ Takes Center Stage in Halifax Stark Case

May 13, 2013

A federal judge on May 8 ordered Halifax Hospital Medical Center to turn over a legal memo on physician compensation to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its whistleblower, saying it was not protected by attorney-client privilege because of the crime-fraud exception. The exception voids privilege when a client is engaged in or is about to engage in criminal or fraudulent conduct, and the attorney’s advice is used to further the crime or fraud.